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(Newly Re-described) Arapaima: Freshwater Species of the Week

An iconic freshwater fish of tropical South America, the arapaima is a massive, slender beast that can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters) long and weigh 440 pounds (200 kilograms). It is known as the pirarucu in Brazil and the paiche in the western Amazon, and is one of the largest freshwater fish in…

Three Megafish Species Imperiled by Lao’s Mekong River Dam

On November 7, 2012, the government of Lao PDR held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Xayaburi dam, the first mainstream dam on the Lower Mekong River. The Xayaburi dam, the first of eleven dams planned for the mainstream of the lower Mekong River, will likely reduce ecosystem service values and undercut livelihoods of people…

NatGeo News Contributor Stefan Lovgren Wins Top Award

Stefan Lovgren (right) and Zeb Hogan in Mongolia, holding a taimen. Photo courtesy Stefan Lovgren National Geographic News contributor Stefan Lovgren is the winner of this year’s AAAS Science Journalism Award in the online media category. Presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, the award…