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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