Taxidermied Red Piranha, Pygocentrus nattereri
"lips" removed to accentuate teeth
The Simi Valley Golf course piranha
Other piranha collected in L.A. come to the Museum directly from the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG). CDFG staff often patrol pet stores and upon finding illegal creatures will confiscate them under California Law Title 14 Section 671. The fish are promptly brought to the Museum for identification and sometimes for permanent storage, though they may be taken briefly into a court of law as evidence! In May 2002, the Museum received 16 Red Piranha specimens confiscated from one pet store alone!
Red Piranha confiscated from pet store
I wonder if we'll ever find a piranha in the North Campus pond?