Arapaima gigas 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Osteoglossiformes Arapaimidae

Scientific Name: Arapaima gigas
Species Authority: (Schinz, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Arapaima, Pirarucu
French Arapaïma, Paiche
Sudis gigas Schinz (ex Cuvier), 1822
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. and van der Laan, R. (eds). 2016. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references. Updated 1 March 2016. Available at: (Accessed: 1 March 2016).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): World Conservation Monitoring Centre
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Geographic Range [top]

Countries occurrence:
Brazil; Guyana; Peru
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 1996. Arapaima gigas. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T1991A9110195. . Downloaded on 23 October 2016.
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