Arapaima Leptosoma Facts
- The rather surprising Arapaima Leptosoma constitutes a recently discovered type of freshwater fish. To date, we actually know of only a few individuals of this new species.
- Awareness of its existence occurred so recently that no common name exists as of yet. The search for more of its kind remains ongoing.
- This rather startling creature also represents the first newly recognized species of Arapaima mankind has discovered since 1847.
- Obviously, no data concerning its numbers exist yet. The IUCN considers it to be a threatened species. However, this classification occurs due to the fact that all fish species endemic to the region appear to be threatened by overfishing.
Arapaima Leptosoma Physical Characteristics
Experts so far know of a few specimens of the newly named Arapaima Leptosoma. Therefore only general information concerning the species remains known.
All species of Leptosoma appear to be among the largest known species of freshwater fish.
Like all other members of its family, it evolved as an air-breathing fish. The individuals so far discovered seems to be adults, and therefore representational of the species.
It measured about 10 ft (3 m) in length. Unlike most species of Arapaima, the Arapaima Leptosoma stays thin and elongated in shape.
In color, it presents a combination of grayish-silver and red.
Species: A. leptosoma
Arapaima Leptosoma Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Researchers discovered the Arapaima Leptosoma in the Purus river, in the Amazon Basin, in South America. Its discovery happened quite by accident.
The habitat of the creature, the Purus River, tends to be a wide, slow-moving river. Yet numerous eddies also exist. At this time, it remains unknown exactly which, if any, of these the creature prefers.
Given the limited number of specimens examined, scientists have little reliable specific data as to its life cycle. However, they assume it to be similar to other varieties of Leptosoma.
Assuming this to be the case, its diets likely consists of a wide variety of small fish, crustaceans, and even small land animals that venture too close to the water.
A few individuals now exist in aquariums.