Pygocentrus

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Pygocentrus
Piranha1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Characiformes
Family:Serrasalmidae
Genus:Pygocentrus
J. P. Müller & Troschel, 1844
Type species
Serrasalmus piraya
G. Cuvier, 1819
 
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Pygocentrus
Piranha1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Characiformes
Family:Serrasalmidae
Genus:Pygocentrus
J. P. Müller & Troschel, 1844
Type species
Serrasalmus piraya
G. Cuvier, 1819

Pygocentrus is a genus of the piranha family Serrasalmidae. All species are native to tropical and subtropical South America. All the species are predatory, scavengers and form huge schools. The famous red-bellied piranha, Pygocentrus nattereri, is one of four species in the genus. The Chi-Cohala[spelling?] tribe uses the teeth to make tools and weapons.

Species[edit]

There are currently four recognized species in this genus:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Pygocentrus in FishBase. April 2013 version.