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Piaractus brachypomus (Pirapatinga; Pirapitinga; Pacu; Freshwater pompano; Cachama)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Piaractus brachypomus (synonym Colossoma bidens) is an Amazonic pacu, a close relative of piranhas and silver dollars. As with a number of other closely related species, P. brachypomus is often referred to as the red-bellied pacu. This has resulted in a great deal of confusion about the nature and needs of all the species involved, with the reputation and requirements of one frequently being wrongly attributed to the others. An unambiguous name for P. brachypomus is pirapitinga.
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Adult Length [1]  35 inches (88 cm)
Maximum Longevity [1]  28 years
Adult Weight [2]  30.314 lbs (13.75 kg)
Diet [3]  Detritivore, Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Female Maturity [1]  7 years


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve State Sustainable Development Reserve VI 3260792 Amazonas, Brazil  
Manú National Park II 4213523 Cusco, Peru  
Otishi National Park 760925 Peru  


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Amazon; America, South - Inland waters; Argentina; Asia - Inland waters; Australian; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; China; Colombia; Myanmar; Neotropical; Oceania - Inland waters; Oriental; Orinoco; Papua New Guinea; Peru; South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins (Ref. 39031). Reported from Argentina (Ref. 9086).; Taiwan; Venezuela;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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