Silver Dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen)

Also known as Bighead Silver Dollar


Also known as Bighead Silver Dollar.

Found in schools, usually close to the surface, of rivers.
They feed on algae and plants.
Length - 18cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread South America

Popular Aquarium fish.
Related to Piranha's but these are strictly vegetarian!
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:


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