Monday, August 16, 2004

Something's Fishy in the City of Denver

Colorado has just become one of only four states in the US to have a record of a wild-caught silver arawana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum, also known as arowana, arrowana, arrawana...). Native to the Amazon, the arawana is a fish about on par with the snakehead (Channa spp.) in terms of its appetite (will eat anything that can fit in its mouth), size (can grow more than 24 inches long) and acrobatics (can jump several feet out of the water). The specimen collected from southeast Denver was most likely released by someone who owned it as a pet.

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