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This species of piranha is frequently seen in Uruguay river. It has a silverish coloration, often with hints of green towards the upper body. They are covered with numberous small dark spots and have a very concave head shape. The older this fish gets, the more convex the shape of the head gets. The usual color is bright gold to yellow in the lower body, changing to a silverish yellow the further you get to the back.
Esta especie de piraña es frecuentemente vista en el Río Uruguay. Posee una coloración plateada, usualmente con tonos verdosos en la parte superior del cuerpo. Están cubiertas de pequeñas manchas y su cabeza es muy cóncava. Cuanto más maduro es el espécimen, más tiende a tomar esta forma. El color usual en el vientre es dorado, cambiando gradualmente al amarillo grisáceo a medida que se avanza al dorso.

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