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Myleus sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Serrasalmidae
Genus: Myleus
J. P. Müller & Troschel, 1844
Type species
Myleus setiger
J. P. Müller & Troschel, 1844

Myleus is a genus of serrasalmids from South America, where found in the Amazon, Orinoco and São Francisco basins, as well as river basin of the Guiana Shield.[1] Members of this genus are primarily herbivores, but also take some animal matter. Their strong teeth means that larger individuals can inflict severe bites on humans.


There are currently 5 recognized species of Myleus.[1] Several others have been moved to the genus Myloplus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Ota, R.P., Röpke, C.P., Zuanon, J. & Jégu, M. (2013): Serrasalmidae. In: Queiroz, L.J., Torrente-Vilara, G., Ohara, W.M., Pires, T.H.S., Zuanon, J. & Doria, C.R.C. (Eds.), Peixes do rio Madeira. Volume II, Santo Antonio Energia, São Paulo, 12–47.