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Still, piranhas are regarded as bloodthirsty and shall be able to gnaw off animals or humans that have fallen into the water to their bones in a matter of minutes. That those prejudices are exaggerated can be seen in the example of Indians happily going for a swim in the habitat of the piranhas. Even people that have been attacked were not severely injured. Only having open wounds can be dangerous.


ClassificationOrder characiformes, family characins
DietFishes, insects, crabs, molluscs, injured animals, carcass and vegetarian food
HabitatAmazon basin and Orinoco basin as well as catchment area of the Rio Paraguay and the Rio Paraná
ReproductionUp to 4,000 eggs are laid into a spawn den; the males defend the spawn; eclosion of the larvae after 34 days

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitung Roter Piranha