Thursday, August 11, 2011
ചുവന്ന പിരാന || Pygocentrus nattereri
The red piranha is a common food fish for local communities and is also caught for use as bait for larger fish.
Predators of this piranha include crocodiles, some birds, large catfish and large mammals, such as jaguars.
Its powerful jaws house sharp, triangular, interlocking teeth, which are replaced if lost.
The male red piranha makes a nest and guards the fertilized eggs until they hatch.
Attacks on humans are rare, unless blood is present in the water.