Serrasalmus cf. spilopleura

18. January 2011

The correct determination of piranha species is one of the most difficult chapters in ichthyology at all. Even the specialized authorities for that group of fish have often different points of view. And so we quite often can only look for the very few features that are accepted as species specific, like the black bands in the caudal and the anal fins, the existence of a humeral spot etc.

But the fish is by far more important than its scientific name! And one thing is for sure: this piranha is the most beautiful one we ever were able to import! There is no doubt that the fish belongs to a relationship around Serrasalmus spilopleura and S. maculatus and most probably they reach the same size and can be kept and bred equally to these mentioned species. So please take a look on our entrance on them on our homepage:

We have added the river name “Tapajos” to the scientific name on our stocklist. This is due to the fact that in the Tapajos river a type of Serrasalmus spilopleura can be found that has equal to our fish a brilliant deep red to orange breast, whereas the other piranhas of that group have a yellow one. The exact origin of our specimens is unknown to us.

For our customers: the fish have code 292814 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Serrasalmus: from Latin, means „salmon with a saw“. Refers to the saw-like arranged scales along the keel of the breast. spilopleura: ancient Greek, means “with spotted flanks”. maculatus: Latin word for „spotted“

Suggestion of a common name: Charcoal piranha

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Brasilien / Brazil
Verfügbare Größe in cm 10-15