Pristobrycon striolatus

9. May 2011

For the first time ever we succeeded in importing this unique species of piranha from Brazil. Currently the piranhas are placed in 5 genera (Catoprion, Pristobrycon, Pygocentrus, Pygopristis, and Serrasalmus). However, there is some discussion about this classifaction, because intermediate forms have been observed. The species currently placed in Pristobrycon are quite discoid fish as adults and have comparetively small heads. But the juveniles look quite different and one might think to see another, distinct species or even another genus.

Maximum length reported in P. striolatus is about 15 cm. Our largest fish are a bit smaller, but the sexes can be already become determined by the shape of the anal fin. In males, this fin is clearly hooked, whereas in females the anal fin has a straight border.

In the photo tank the pair was quite peaceful, but we nevertheless keep these precious fish solitary; for although almost nothing is known for sure about this rare species it is said to be a fin eater in the wild. In the aquarium they feed readily on any usual piranha food.

For our customers: the fish have code 292845 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Pristobrycon: from ancient Greek, means “saw-Brycon”; Brycon is another genus of tetra, the word pristis (saw) refers to the saw-like arranged scales on the keel of the breast. striolatus: means “dashed”.

Suggestion of a common name: Cheetah piranha

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Brasilien / Brazil
Verfügbare Größe in cm 10 - 12