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Oregon Piranha Exotic Fish Exhibit


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Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) dines on a Pygocentrus species

Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) dines on a Pygocentrus species.

Photo by: Edouard Paiva, Venezuela

Dear OPEFE Followers,

Effective December 4, 2015 this web site and its contents have been transferred to new owner and hobbyist Rob Caddick.

Congratulations on keeping "OPEFE" alive.

Please Enjoy Your Visit!

Frank Magallanes holding a frozen Serrasalmus rhombeus donated by George Fear Frank Magallanes, Researcher Emeritus


OPEFE.com is a non-profit web site, educational center for students, researchers & hobbyist

For Grades K-12, college and university level study.

Enter and learn about the legendary and feared piranhas and caribes of South America. Read how this freshwater fish species became so feared that people would panic at just the meer mention of its presence in U.S. waters. Even throughout the world where the piranha is not native, it is feared.





The section below is a work in progress.

OPEFE table of contents

OPEFE research


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