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Red-bellied piranha

(Pygocentrus nattereri)


Category: Fish



Red-bellied piranhas are omnivorous foragers and scavengers found in the Amazon Basin of South America. Their diet includes insects, worms, plants, crustaceans, and fish – they are not obligate carnivores. They tend to travel in shoals as a means of defense against predators, but rarely engage in group hunting behavior. Red-bellied piranhas are found over a larger geographic area than any other species of piranha and are also popular aquarium fish.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Characiformes
Family - Serrasalmidae
Genus - Pygocentrus
Species - P. nattereri

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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