Malaysian Golden Crossback Arowana
Malaysian Golden Crossback Arowana, this group of fish are sometimes (rather strangely) called “bony tongues” because of a toothed plate of bone that they have on the lower part of their mouth. Inhabiting the inland waters of South America, Southeast Asia, and Australia, these fish have elongated bodies covered with large scales and a distinct pair of barbells protruding from the tip of their lower jaw.
Because of their looks, arowanas are also sometimes known (especially in Asian countries) as “dragon fish” or “shui long” in Mandarin. Folklore tells us that arowanas bring luck, since they resemble a traditional Chinese dragon. They’re highly predatory fish that you’ll often see elegantly patrolling the surface of the water.
Red Tail Golden Arowana (Scleropages Formosus)
The red tail golden arowanas (also known as RTGs) can be found within the Siak River system in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. Considered the ‘classic’ look for Asian arowanas, the red tail golden arowana is one of the most sought after of any arowana species.
And no wonder, since it looks so striking: It has deep red fins with golden scales covering more than half of its body. But RTGs are different from all the other arowanas in that their beautiful golden scales (which experts refer to as the shine) will never grow past the fourth row of scales from their belly. The scales without shine are usually a dull dark gray color.
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