Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 41, Issue 1–4, pp 423–437 | Cite as

Quantitative analysis of published data on the growth, metabolism, food consumption, and related features of the red-bellied piranha,Serrasalmus nattereri (Characidae)

  • Daniel Pauly


A tentative set of growth parameters of the von Bertalanffy growth equation were estimated for the red-bellied piranha,Serrasalmus nattereri, a common characid of the Amazonas and adjacent floodplains, based on length-frequency data collected by R.H. Lowe-McConnell in Guyana. These parameters and related statistics are then used, along with published data from metabolic, field and feeding experiment data to estimate the relative food consumption of a population ofS. nattereri. This is complemented with biological data assembled from the scattered literature onS. nattereri to provide a ‘snapshot’ of this species.

Key words

Length-frequency analysis Length-weight relationships Von Bertalanffy model Diet composition Anthropophagy Brazil Guyana Venezuela Amazon Rupununi Orinoco Characiformes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Pauly
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  1. 1.International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM)MakatiPhilippines

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