Tometes lebaili Jégu, Keith & Belmont-Jégu, 2002
Tometes lebaili
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Serrasalmidae (Piranhas and pacus), subfamily: Myleinae
Max. size:  51.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  South America: Mana River and Maroni basins in French Guiana, and Commewine River in Suriname.
Biology:  All specimens captured in rapids upstream. Captured with hooked-lines baited with Podostemaceae, arrows, and rotenone. Podostemaceae seems to be their main diet. Very similar to Tometes trilobatus. Both species are important for Amerindian tribes Wayãpi and Wayana. Could be endangered by human threats like subsistence fisheries, habitat destruction by mining activities, and dams (Ref. 47182).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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