Pair of Amazonian manatees

Amazonian manatee

Amazonian manatees live in freshwater and are found, as their name suggests, in the Amazon River and its tributaries. They eat prodigious amounts of aquatic plants, consuming up to 8% of their own body weight every day. In the dry season, when manatees are forced to leave smaller watercourses as they shrink, they may fast for several weeks, surviving on fat reserves.

Scientific name: Trichechus inunguis

Rank: Species

Common names:

South American manatee

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The Amazonian manatee can be found in a number of locations including: Amazon Rainforest, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Amazonian manatee distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Dugongs and manatees
  6. Trichechidae
  7. Trichechus
  8. Amazonian manatee

BBC News about Amazonian manatee

  • Manatee migration mystery solved Amazonian manatees migrate during low water season to avoid being hunted, solving a mystery about why the secretive animals make such a perilous journey.