Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Speckled piranha - Serrasalmus spilopleura

Order Characiformes Family Characidae
Palometa/Speckled Piranha Palometa/Speckled Piranha
© J. Simón Tagtachian
Common name for the piranhas of our rivers. It has very sharp teeth which may cause serious damage on flesh. Attacks on people have been increasing in the last years. Different factors are referred to - increase of temperature which favours more agressiveness and activity in fish and the decline in number due to indiscriminate hunting or fishing of both predators and preys