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Red-bellied pacu group

Red-Bellied Pacu Colossoma Macropomum

These large, narrow fish are well-adapted to move between aquatic plants. Sometimes known as the “vegetarian piranha,” the red-bellied pacu has square, straighter teeth like those of humans, which are primarily used to cut through vegetation in the water.

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ORIGIN:
South America

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HABITAT:
River basins, flood plains

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
55 lbs
Length: Up to 3 ft

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DIET:
Fruit, nuts and insects

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PREDATORS:
Black caiman

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Can adjust to unfavorable conditions like depleted oxygen levels

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REPRODUCTION:
Breeding occurs in annual cycles with the onset of the wet season

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THREATS:
Commercial fishing

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
15-25 yrs in human care

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