Red-bellied Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri)

Also known as Piranha, Red Piranha, Redbelly Piranha, Red-breasted Piranha, Red Piranha, San Francisco Piranha

Description

Also known as Piranha, Red Piranha, Redbelly Piranha, Red-breasted Piranha, Red Piranha, San Francisco Piranha.

Found in schools over creeks and inter-connected ponds.
They feed on fish, insects and worms.
Length - 50cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread South America

Piranha's have a fearsome reputation (because of James bond 007) as a voracious predator that can strip flesh off bones in minutes, although they have razor sharp teeth they are in fact quite timid scavengers. Ref: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Pygocentrus-nattereri.html

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