Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pygopristis denticulata
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 7
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
- Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
Pygopristis denticulata is a species of piranha. It is a rare South American fish found in the Orinoco River basin, north and eastern Guiana Shield rivers, and tributaries of the lower Amazon River. Specimens of this species is frequently found in acid clear or black waters. They usually feed on aquatic insects, small fish, and fruits.
P. denticulata has pentacuspid teeth and a middle cusp that is usually only slightly larger than the other cusps. This is unlike other piranha, which have tricuspid teeth with a larger middle cusp, making the teeth appear triangular.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Pygopristis denticulata" in FishBase. July 2007 version.
- Machado-Allison, A. and W. Fink (1996). Los Peces Caribes de Venezuela. Diagnosis, claves, aspectos ecológicos y evolutivos. Universidad Central de Venezuela, CDCV. (Colección Monografías), Caracas, ISBN 980-00-0967-1, 149p.
- Freeman, Barbie; Nico, Leo G.; Osentoski, Matthew; Jelks, Howard L.; Collins, Timothy M. (2007). "Molecular systematics of Serrasalmidae: Deciphering the identities of piranha species and unraveling their evolutionary histories" (PDF). Zootaxa 1484: 1–38. doi:10.1046/j.1439-0469.2000.384132.x.
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