Red-bellied Piranha

Males have a much more intense red belly than the females, especially during breeding season. These are schooling animals, giving the feeling of “safety in numbers.”


  • Scientific Name: Pygocentrus nattereri
  • Range: South America
  • Status in the Wild: Unknown
  • Location in the Zoo: Kipp Aquarium and Natural Encounters
  • Cool Animal Fact: Has a single row of sharp tricuspid (three-point) teeth in their upper and lower jaws; excellent for puncturing and shearing flesh.