The Arowana, S. Credit: Wan Hu Fish Farm,. Yellow regions indicate the native range. Red regions indicate where the species is introduced.
As far as fish go, the Asian arowana is one of the most expensive aquarium species sold in the pet trade. It is a freshwater fish that has people paying in the tens of thousands of dollars for the most sought after colorations. Narrator: What would you rather have, a new car, or this fish? Turns out they cost around the same. A single dragon fish can go for tens of thousands of dollars. So, what's so special about it? Well, it might not look it, but this endangered fish is so coveted, people have actually gone to prison over it.
Two men have been put on probation and ordered to pay fines after pleading guilty in San Diego federal court to a scheme to smuggle endangered Asian fish into the U. The two were part of a scheme to smuggle the endangered Asian arowana fish, according to prosecutors. An undercover federal agent answered the ad, prosecutors said. Fish and Wildlife agents seized 13 of the fish, which are found in the rivers of Southeast Asia and have long been on an international list of restricted species. Folk wisdom holds that they can bring luck, prosperity and long life to anyone who possesses one.
Asian arowana, Scleropages formosus is a highly valued aquarium fish in the world, particularly in Asian countries, and has been listed as one of the most highly endangered species. This is a freshwater, carnivorous, fairly large mouth breeding fish belonging to the family Osteoglossidae. Arowana can be found in different colour varieties such as green, red, silver and golden. Among these varieties, Malaysian golden is the most valuable fish and is endemic to the Krian riverine system, Malaysia. However, overexploitation, habitat change and pollution have caused a serious decline of this arowana variety.