What type of animal is a piranha?
The smallest amphibian (and vertebrate) in the world is a frog from New Guinea ( Paedophryne amauensis) with a length of just 7.7 mm (0.30 in). The largest living amphibian is the 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) South China giant salamander ( Andrias sligoi ), but this is dwarfed by the extinct 9 m (30 ft) Prionosuchus from the middle Permian of Brazil.
The Piranha Fish (also known as the ‘caribe’ in Venezuela) is a ferocious, schooling, fresh-water fish. It is native to warm rainforest lowland streams and lakes in South America – the Amazon basin, in the Orinoco River and east of the Andes Mountains.
In short, no, Piranhas are not reptiles. Within the animal kingdom the order of classification is Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. At the class level are the options mammals, bony fish, cartilaginous fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles.
The piranha’s conservation status has not been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They are not currently considered endangered.
Red-bellied piranha/Scientific names
Because of their ability to grow up and leave the water, experts classify axolotls as amphibians. When axolotls do grow up, we call them Mexican salamanders.
As members of the phylum Chordata, fish share certain features with other vertebrates. Living fishes represent some five classes, which are as distinct from one another as are the four classes of familiar air-breathing animals—amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Piranhas are freshwater, tropical fishes belonging to the family Characidae, which also includes pacus and tetras. Piranhas have deep, laterally compressed bodies.
Piranha, also called caribe or piraya, any of more than 60 species of razor-toothed carnivorous fish of South American rivers and lakes, with a somewhat exaggerated reputation for ferocity. In movies such as Piranha (1978), the piranha has been depicted as a ravenous indiscriminate killer.