Serrasalmus

Serrasalmus

The genus Serrasalmus consists of several species of piranhas in subfamily Serrasalminae of the family Characidae. They are collectively known as pirambebas; the "typical" piranhas like the Piraya Piranha are nowadays placed in Pygocentrus.

These fish are predatory, have sharp teeth and generally have a rhomboid shape. In some, it is more ovoid, particularly in old specimens. Some Serrasalmus species can exceed 20 inches/50 cm, placing them among the largest Serrasalmidae.

Species

Undescribed distinct species are known to exist. The status of others is still in need of study, and hybridization is not rare between some.

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