Red Piranha

Maddie Adkins

Scientific name: Pygocentrus nattereri


Phylum, Class: Chordata, Actinopterygii


Habitat: white water rivers, some streams and lakes


Range: In South America, Amazon River, costal rivers of northeast Brazil, basins of Paraguay and Paraná


Feeding Habits: eats worms, insects, crustaceans and fish, and sometimes large animals


Conservation status: not evaluated



Interesting Facts:


-when taken out of the water they emit a drumming like sound


-they are commonly thought to be big predators but are primarily scavengers

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