Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Serrasalmidae
Etymology: Serrasalmus: Latin, serran, serranus, saw and a fish of genus Serranus + Latin, salmo = salmon (Ref. 45335); odyssei: Name applied to the locally known piranha 'suave' and refers to the taxonomic confusion with this species at the beginning of the fieldwork during the present study.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical
South America: Bolivia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85594)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 28 - 33. This species is distinguished from its congener in the Upper Amazon by the following set of characters: short supraoccipital spine 0.13-0.17% of SL (vs. typical range between 0.17-0.22% of SL in Serrasalmus but sometimes reaching 0.15 and 0.16 in S. hollandi and S. altispinnis); shallow body 0.45-0.57% of SL (vs. typical body height 0.50-0.62% in Serrasalmus); short dorsal fin, between 0.18-0.20% of SL and 13-15 branched rays (vs. 0.19-0.24% of SL in Serrasalmus); short anal fin, typical 0.32-0.37% of SL with 28-33 branched rays, but overlapping sometimes with other Serrasalmus); adipose fin located on the very posterior part of the body and distant from the dorsal fin end, typically R15 ranging between 0.19-0.22% of SL, but overlapping with other Serrasalmus with R15 ranging between 0.17-0.21% of SL); low number of scales between the lateral line and the dorsal fin, 23.5-29.5 (vs. 28.5-36.5 in other Serrasalmus); an intermediate number of prepelvic serrae 20-24 (Ref. 85594).
This species is reported from the clear- to black-water rivers of the Upper Madeira where it seems to be scarce in white waters. Inhabits the shallow part of the river near the shores especially where dead woods accumulate and scarce in the running part of rivers. Apparently common in syntopy with young S. rhombeus individuals of equal size (Ref. 85594).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hubert, N. and J.F. Renno, 2010. Evolution of the neotropical ichthyofauna - molecular and evolutionary perspectives about the origin of the fish communities in the Amazon. VDM Publishing House. (Ref. 85594)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .