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RED-BELLIED PIRANHA
 
 
RED-BELLIED PIRANHA

RED-BELLIED PIRANHA

(Pygocentrus nattereri)

Description

As their name suggests, this species of piranha has a reddish tinge to the belly when fully grown, with females being slightly darker red than the males. They can grow to a size of 13 inches long and can weigh up to 3.5 kilos!

Habitat & Distribution

Widely distributed through South America, the red-bellied piranha is found in tropical freshwater rivers in countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Diet

Fish, insects, worms, crustaceans and occasionally larger mammals.

Conservation Status

Yet to be classified by the IUCN.