Ossubtus xinguense Jégu, 1992
photo by Childs, K.

Family:  Serrasalmidae (Piranhas and pacus), subfamily: Myleinae
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 379.3 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  South America: Xingu River basin in Brazil.
Biology:  Feeds on aquatic macrophytes and filamentous algae (Ref. 26700). In the aquarium it will feed on flakes and frozen food, but will also hunt down a large shrimp. Females are aggressive towards other females and can have several males in following (Calum Chalmers, pers. comm. 2007).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 07 November 2018 (A3c) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 11.05.99
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 21.11.16
Checked by: Jégu, Michel - 23.06.01

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