Pygopristis denticulata

14. October 2013

One could name this fish the ideal piranha for home aquaria. They are very colorful and comparatively peaceful against conspecifics. It is also possible to keep them along with other larger fish species. This piranha is so to say an intermediate between the plant eating pacus and the meat eating piranhas. Although Pygopristis denticulata are almost exclusively carnivorous they feed only on small animals and don‘t attack larger fish.

Currently we can offer two different varieties of this species. They look so different that one might think they belong to even different species, but there is only one accepted species in Pygopristis known so far.

The bright orange-red variety originates from Venezuela, while we obtained yellow finned specimens from Brazil. The latter also display a shining silver spot on the caudal peduncle which is missing in the fish from Venezuela.

For our customers: the fish have code 291405 (Brazil) and 291414 (Venezuela). Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. We have only very few specimens of both varieties available!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer