About the Payara
family also called peixe cachorro, dog fish, sabertoothed dogfish, tiger fish,
guapeta. Payara inhabit freshwater riversand lakes in South America from the
Orinoco river to Paraguay river basins. Distribution of large Payara is limited
to a few places in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Peru and probably
Ecuador. They prefer fast moving waters, but are found in still water of lakes
and rivers as well.
The outstanding characteristic of this fish is a pair of enormous saber like
teeth protruding from the lower jaw of the broad upturned mouth. The upper jaw
contains two corresponding holes to accommodate the four to six inch teeth when
the mouth is closed. The Payaras elongated compressed body and enlarged pectoral
fins are ideal for the violently turbulent water that these top-end predators
prefer. Payara are generally dark blue to olicaceous dorsally, blending to
silver along the sides and belly.
Payara are among the gamest of South Americas fresh water fishes, leaping
when hooked and making long fast runs. They are picivorous predators that hack
upward, stabbing prey with large canine teeth and then swallowing them whole and
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