• Nome científico: Arapaima gigas
• Classe: Fish
• Hábitos alimentares: Carnivore
• Status de conservação: Data deficient


Some of our arapaimas were donated by our visitors for not being able to keep these animals in their homes. Thus, these animals help us to convey the message that people need to have a responsible purchase of their pets, always informing themselves about the size that the animals can reach, about the costs and the difficulty of their maintenance.

Informações gerais:

This fish is one of the largest freshwater in the world and is an air respirator. Despite being submerged for 10 to 20 minutes, it usually stays close to the surface - the place where they hunt and emerge to breathe, making a very characteristic noise.


20 years.


Their natural diet consists mainly of fish. At the São Paulo Aquarium they consume fish and feed.


4,5 meters.


200 kilos.

Distribuição geográfica:

Lakes and rivers of the Amazon basin, in Brazil, Peru and Guyana.


Due to the behavior of being close to the surface, arapaimas are vulnerable to human predation.


They inhabit floodable lakes, as well as large tributaries of the Amazon Basin.


Reproduction occurs in the rainy season, usually from February to April, with the laying of eggs between April and May.

Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:

Amazon sector