Red Bellied Piranha
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Popular Name: Red Bellied Piranha
Species: Pygocentrus nattereri
Profile of the Red Bellied Piranha
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Red Bellied Piranha species.
Size: Up to 33cm in length
Fish Tank conditions: PH 5.5 - 7, large tank required
Temperament: Best kept in schools of five or less to minimise aggression
Diet / Feeding: Tend to feed at dusk and dawn on dying or injured worms, crustaceans and fish but have can also attack healthy animals!
Habitat: Freshwater rivers in South America
Behaviour: Can be timid in an aquarium setting!
Scientific Classification of the Red Bellied Piranha
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Red Bellied Piranha?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Red Bellied Piranha slimy?
Red Bellied Piranha secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Red Bellied Piranha to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Red Bellied Piranha have gills?
Gills enable the Red Bellied Piranha to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Red Bellied Piranha have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Red Bellied Piranha has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Facts about Red Bellied Piranha Fish
Piranhas are an omnivorous freshwater fish; they can eat both plants and animals
Piranhas have sensors along their body which they use to detect their prey
In order to survive, a piranha will feed on another piranha, they are cannibals!
Piranhas are attracted by noise, splashing and blood!