Specimen Information

Piaractus brachypomus
Piaractus brachypomus
(pirapatinga, red-bellied pacu)
Fishes
Exotic

Specimen ID29778
GroupFishes
GenusPiaractus
Speciesbrachypomus
Common Namepirapatinga, red-bellied pacu
StateCA
CountyFresno
LocalitySan Joaquin River
Mapping AccuracyApproximate
HUC8 NameMiddle San Joaquin-Lower Chowchilla
HUC8 Number18040001
Map
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Collection Day4
Collection Month7
Collection Year1987
Year AccuracyActual
Potential Pathwayreleased aquarium
Statusfailed
Reference 1
Ref. Number:497
Author:Anonymous
Date:1987
Title:Piranha found in San Joaquin River.
Publisher:Monterey Peninsula Herald
Issue:7 July 1987
Reference 2
Ref. Number:498
Author:Gordon, B.
Date:1987
Title:Piranhas caught in Fresno County.
Publisher:San Francisco Chronicle - 8 July 1987
Pages:31
Reference 3
Ref. Number:1577
Author:Dill, W.A., and A.J. Cordone.
Date:1997
Title:History and status of introduced fishes in California, 1871-1996. Fish Bulletin 178
Publisher:California Department of Fish and Game
Pages:414 pp
Reference 4
Ref. Number:20826
Author:California Academy of Sciences.
Date:2011
Title:California Academy of Sciences - Ichthyology Collection Database.
Publisher:California Academy of Sciences.
CommentsNewspapers reported the fish as piranha. According to reports others have been hooked and lost in the same area. Probably a pacu, however. May = Record 808.
Record TypeLiterature
Earliest Recordstate
DisposalCalifornia Academy of Sciences ichthyology collection
Museum Cat NumberCAS 76506
VerifierDr. Robert N. Lea, USC/Leo Nico-NFRC-G
Freshwater/MarineFreshwater
Number Collected1
Number Preserved1


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