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.
River basins, flood plains
Length: Up to 3 ft
Fruit, nuts and insects
Can adjust to unfavorable conditions like depleted oxygen levels
Breeding occurs in annual cycles with the onset of the wet season
15-25 yrs in human care