Piaractus brachypomus (Cuvier, 1818)
Piaractus brachypomus
photo by Jinkings, K.

Family:  Serrasalmidae (Piranhas and pacus), subfamily: Colossomatinae
Max. size:  88 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 25 kg; max. reported age: 28 years
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater; pH range: 4.80000019073486 - 6.80000019073486; dH range: 15
Distribution:  South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins (Ref. 39031). Reported from Argentina (Ref. 9086).
Biology:  Juveniles mimic Serrasalmus nattereri. Feeds on insects and decaying plants (Ref. 32894). Possesses powerful dentition that can cause serious bites (Ref. 4537). An important foodfish (Ref. 12202).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 12.06.92
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 14.05.14
Checked by: J├ęgu, Michel - 23.06.01

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