Pristobrycon careospinus

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Pristobrycon careospinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Serrasalmidae
Genus: Pristobrycon
Species: P. careospinus
Binomial name
Pristobrycon careospinus
W. L. Fink & Machado-Allison, 1992

Pristobrycon careospinus is a species of serrasalmid endemic of Venezuela.


Habits mainly in black or acidic waters in Amazonas State of Venezuela (High Orinoco). The type locality is a lagoon near San Fernando de Atabapo in the confluence of the Atabapo and Orinoco rivers in Venezuela.


This is a beautiful fish[citation needed]. Body discoid with the anterodorsal profile slightly curved in a "S" shape. Head robust and wide. Snout blunt. Preanal spine and ectopterygoid teeth absent. Adipose fin wide. Head silver with methalic orange to red at mandibular region. Iris red. Body with greenish laterally and mixture of orange and red at the abdominal area. Body covered with round or oval black spots. Fins bright red.[1] and [2]


Predatory fish. Consuming smaller fish and attacking fins, juveniles include aquatic insects and crustaceans (shrimps). Occasionally included fruits from the surrounding gallery forest. This is a solitary species. Never seen in schools.


  • Fink, W. y A. Machado-Allison. 1992. Three new species of piranhas from Venezuela and Brazil. Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters, 2(1): 57-71.
  • Machado-Allison, A. y W. Fink. 1996. Los peces caribes de Venezuela: diagnosis, claves, espectos ecológicos y evolutivos. Universidad Central de Venezuela CDCH, (Colección Monografías) 52. 149p. ISBN 980-00-0967-1 Caracas, Venezuela.


  1. ^ Fink and Machado-Allison, 1992
  2. ^ Machado-Allison and Fink, 1996

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