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South American Characidae – Pygocentrus nattereri

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The Red-bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) is a species of piranha. This species lives in the Amazon River Basin, coastal rivers of north-eastern Brazil, and the basin of the Paraguay, Paraná and Essequibo Rivers. The red-bellied piranha has the reputation for being one of the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. They have a set of razor sharp teeth which are capable of stripping flesh from prey and dead animals. As their name suggests, they have a reddish tinge to the belly when fully grown, although juveniles are a silver colour with darker spots. They grow to a maximum length of 13 inches (33 cm) and a weight of 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg) .(read more)

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South American Characidae – Paracheirodon axelrodi

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The cardinal tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi, is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the upper Orinoco and Negro Rivers in South America.

Growing to about 3 cm (1.25 in) total length, the cardinal tetra has the striking iridescent blue line characteristic of the Paracheirodon species laterally bisecting the fish, with the body below this line being vivid red in color, hence the name “cardinal tetra”. The cardinal tetra’s appearance is similar to that of the closely related neon tetra, with which it is often confused; the neon’s red coloration extends only about halfway to the nose, and the neon’s blue stripe is a less vibrant blue, however.(read more)

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