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The Asian arowana comprises several varieties of freshwater fish in the genus Scleropages.
Some sources differentiate these varieties into multiplespecies, while others consider the different
strains to belong to a single species, Scleropages formosus. They have several other common names, including Asian bonytongue, Dragon fish, and a number of names specific to different varieties.
The most exclusive and often best colored arowana in the whole family originated from the South East
Asia mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia. Basically there are 5 main types of South East Asia Arowana,
namely Malaysian Golden Arowana from West Malaysia, Red Arowana from West Kalimantan Indonesia,
Red Tail Golden Arowana from Pekan Baru Sumatra Indonesia, Silver Arowana from Borneo Indonesia
and Green Arowana, which can be found in rivers of Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.
There are three types of arowana commonly cultured in Malaysia, namely the Golden Arowana,
Red Arowana and the Green Arowana. Malaysia is the origin of the most expensive and colorful golden arowana. The Malaysian Golden Arowana is endemic to the Bukit Merah Lake in Perak, while the
Nami-Green or Green-Batik Arowana is endemic to the Pedu Lake in Kedah. Both of the strains are
highly demand and fetch very high price in the local and international market.