Arowanas also known as ‘water monkeys’ are fresh water fishes that have the capacity to leap over 7 ft above water.This family of fishes have anelongated body and covered by large mosiaced hard scales . Arowanas are carnivorous, often being specialized surface feeders. .The Asian Arowana Fish (sometimes called dragon fish) can be a great choice for those who think big. Some varieties can grow up to Four and a half feet long .These are mostly found in US,China and Asia.They can be feisty, though become tamer with age to the point of eating from your fingers, and not the fingers themselves. The Arowana Fish comes from somewhat primitive origins (Jurassic Age). The Asian arowanas are listed as endangered by the 2006 IUCN Red List, with the most recent evaluation taking place in 1996. The Asian arowana’s high value as aquarium fish has impacted its conservation. Its popularity has soared since the late 1970s, and hobbyists may pay thousands of U.S. dollars for one of these animals.Due to increasing demand for these fishes the population has been considerably affected leading to Strict Regulations for Fish lovers and traders, Red arowanas are still illegal in the United States, but can be sold within the black market only. Only silver arowanas are allowed in the U.S and that to following strict restrictive trade practices.
The Arowanas (Osteoglossidae)