Red-bellied Piranha

PiranhaPygocentrus nattereri

Physical features:
Rounded body with silver gray scales and a red underbelly. Known for their rows of small sharp teeth.

Habitat:
Amazon River Basin. Found in the river proper and in flooded forest environment. Prefers vegetation.

Diet:
Fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Fun facts:
Piranha have earned a reputation as a ferocious fish. This stems from reports of Piranha hunting larger prey if trapped in the receded waters of the Amazon River and starving. This behavior is not typical.