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.

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

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.