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Amazon brycon

Amazon brycon

Dorado

Dorado

Zapoara

Zapoara

Golden sailfin pleco

Golden sailfin pleco

Golden sailfin pleco

Golden sailfin pleco

Pig-nosed turtle

Pig-nosed turtle

Gilded Catfish

Gilded Catfish

Ocellate river stingray

Ocellate river stingray

Pearl eartheater

Pearl eartheater

Orange spotted heros cichlid

Orange spotted heros cichlid

Flag cichlid

Flag cichlid

Yellowbellied flag cichlid

Yellowbellied flag cichlid

Chocolate cichlid

Chocolate cichlid

Red face pike cichlid

Red face pike cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Heartfin silver dollar

Heartfin silver dollar

Silver dollar

Silver dollar

Spotted metynnis

Spotted metynnis

Golden mahseer

Golden mahseer

Mahseer

Mahseer

Vulture catfish

Vulture catfish

Acary avion

Acary avion

Peru Orange Longtail Panaque

Peru Orange Longtail Panaque

Metallic livebearer

Metallic livebearer

Orange cheek pinecone pleco

Orange cheek pinecone pleco

Giant talking catfish

Giant talking catfish

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Ornate pimelodus

Ornate pimelodus

Tapajos orange head eratheater

Tapajos orange head eratheater

Porthole shovelnose catfish

Porthole shovelnose catfish

Red siskin

Red siskin

Cuban grassquit

Cuban grassquit

Moriche oriole

Moriche oriole

Yellow-rumped cacique

Yellow-rumped cacique

Red-whiskered bulbul

Red-whiskered bulbul

Violet turaco

Violet turaco

Red-throated parrotfinch

Red-throated parrotfinch

Seba’s short-tailed bat (in hollow tree upstairs)

Seba’s short-tailed bat (in hollow tree upstairs)

Gilded Catfish

Gilded Catfish

Facts

LatinBrachyplatystoma rousseauxii
Size190 cm
FoodFish and benthic animals
HabitatAt the bottom of lakes and ponds
IUCN

Least concern

LocationThe Amazon Basin in South America
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Why is the gilded catfish silver?

There is some uncertainty as to why the gilded catfish sparkles. In the wild, it lives in murky and muddy waters. Their shiny skin makes the fish easier to see and may be a tool for communicating with other members of the species.

Travels far to spawn

When it is time for the gilded catfish to spawn, they first embark on a long journey up the tributaries of the Amazon. The trip takes six months and is the longest migration route known among freshwater fish. After the eggs hatch, the fry are carried back downstream with the current so the cycle can begin anew.


Arapaima

Piranha

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River life

The plants in the river

River deep

Armored predators

Conservation of species

California kingsnake

River pool

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi