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Arapaima leptosoma
Arapaima leptosoma 2009 G1
Range Solimões and Purus rivers in Amazonas State, Brazil
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Osteoglossiformes
Family Arapaimidae
Genus Arapaima
Species Arapaima leptosoma

The Arapaima leptosoma is a new species of arapaima endemic to near the confluence of the Solimões and Purus rivers in Amazonas State, Brazil. Like other members of the Arapaima genus, this fish can breathe air. It has a deep caudal peduncle relative to other species in its genus. It is the first new member of Arapaima to be described since 1847. Member species of the genus Arapaima are the largest freshwater fish in South America.