Overview

Distribution

South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
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Amazon and Orinoco River basins: Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 300 mm TL
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Max. size

30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 39031))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Feeds on fish and benthic organisms (Ref. 12371).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial
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Wikipedia

Serrasalmus elongatus

Serrasalmus elongatus is a slender and elongated shaped piranha from the S. humeralis group. It is commonly known as elongated piranha or pike piranha in reference to its shape. In its native range it is one of the smaller piranha species locally termed caribe pinche ("mediocre piranha"), like the iridescent piranha (S. irritans). This term gave rise to various trade names, like "Pingke piranha" and "Serrasalmus pinke" which is not a proper scientific name[verification needed].

Adult S. elongatus are found in deep, white water and juveniles are in usually shallow black waters of lagoons.

In the aquarium[edit]

Serrasalmus elongatus are notorious fin biters and should be kept in their own tank.

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