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Piaractus brachypomus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Serrasalmidae
Genus: Piaractus
C. H. Eigenmann, 1903
Type species
Myletes brachypomus
G. Cuvier, 1817

Piaractus is a genus of large serrasalmid from South America.[1] The two recognized species of Piaractus are very similar in appearance and were formerly included in the genus Colossoma, which currently only contains another similar species, the tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum).[2][3]


There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[1]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Piaractus in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  2. ^ OPEFE (27 December 2011). genus Piaractus. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ Nico, L.; P. Fuller; and M. Neilson (22 October 2013). Piaractus brachypomus. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL. Retrieved 2 March 2017.