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  • Pirapitinga (Piaractus brachypomus)

    Pirapitinga

    The pirapitinga, also known as the red-bellied pacu, is a very large tropical South American fish often confused with the tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum).

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Characiformes
    Family
    Serrasalmidae
  • Leptasterias polaris

    Polar sea star

    The polar sea star has six arms.

    Class
    Asteroidea
    Order
    Forcipulata
    Family
    Plantaginaceae
  • Solaster endeca

    Purple sun star

    This large sun star has 7 to 14 arms. It varies in colour from orangish-yellow to purple.

    Class
    Asteroidea
    Order
    Spinulosida
    Family
    Solasteridae
  • Osmerus mordax

    Rainbow smelt

    The smelt is a small fish, slender and elongated, with a laterally compressed body.  The back is olive green and the belly silvery.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Osmeriformes
    Family
    Osmeridés
  • Alca torda

    Razorbill

    The razorbill has white underparts and a black back. Its bill is broader than that of the common murre. The male and female are identical in appearance.

    Class
    Birds
    Order
    Charadriiformes
    Family
    Alcidae
  • Pygocentrus nattereri

    Red-bellied piranha, red piranha

    This piranha has a round, stocky, flat body, with a very high rounded back. Its head is large, with a blunt forehead. It is bluish with silver flashes and orange underparts.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Characiformes
    Family
    Serrasalmidae
  • Chelonoidis carbonaria

    Red-footed tortoise

    The red-footed tortoise has a black carapace with yellow or orangish spots. Its plastron is yellowish brown. The scales on its head are yellow, red or orange. Its jaws are dark-coloured.

    Class
    Reptilia
    Order
    Chelonia
    Family
    Testudinidae
  • Podiceps grisegena

    Red-necked grebe

    This species’ grey “cheeks” contrast with the black at the top of its head.  Spiky black feathers form two crests at the top of the head, one on each side.

    Class
    Birds
    Order
    Podicipediformes
    Family
    Podicipedidae
  • Phractocephalus hemiliopterus

    Redtail catfish, pirarara

    Known as the pirarara in Brazil, the redtail catfish has a large head and wide mouth that bears three pairs of long barbels (two pairs below the mouth and one above).

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Siluriformes
    Family
    Pimelodidae
  • Oxydoras niger

    Ripsaw catfish

    The ripsaw catfish is a large fish, in fact, it is the largest member of the Doradidae family.  It has a robust body, especially the anterior part, and is dark grey, almost black in colour.

    Class
    Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Order
    Siluriformes
    Family
    Doradidés