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"Redeye Piranha are solitary fish, lurking silently for their prey. To me they are beautiful mystical creatures." Continue reading below...



ABOVE: The artwork from the Tribute to Redeye Piranha Series evolved from the Redeye Piranha Serrasalmus rhombeus DSC09210 and Redeye Piranha Serrasalmus rhombeus DSC09256 images. 


Tribute to Redeye Piranha Series 

Redeye Piranha is one of the common names given to the Serrasalmus rhombeus piranha species. The rhombeus species name makes reference to the shape of the body of these incredible piranhas which usually resemble a rhombus. These fish change a lot in color and shape, as they grow.  Most of the Redeye Piranhas have red eyes; however, I have seen ones that do not. Scientists who study these fish often refer to the rhombeus not as a species but as a complex of different “forms” of fish which share common characteristics. In my personal experience as a river explorer, this makes them super attractive. 
I have swam and fished Redeye Piranha all over Venezuela. Sometimes I brought back specimens of what I would think was a new species of piranha to scientists in Caracas and most of the time they would tell me that it was a Serrasalmus rhombeus
The vast difference in coloration made them a “lets see what type of redeye the next expedition discovers” sort of fish. On many occasions, we found Redeye Piranhas with no red in their eyes, instead silver or yellow eyes. I remember fishing the Morichal Largo River and catching the strangest high finned, black piranha. I went happily back to the museum, totally convinced I had a new species of piranha only to be told, “rhombeus!" 

ABOVE: George Fear holding a 
Yelloweye Serrasalmus rhombeus piranha.
In the series you will find titles as Chiguao Redeye which refers to the Serrasalmus rhombeus that George Fear and I found in the confluence between the Chiguao and the Paragua River. This rhombeus has yellow eyes and is one of the few paintings or drawings in the series which have no red in their eyes. Other titles as “Redeye Ghost” make reference to the crazy desire to search for new varieties of this fish. I really do not understand why some people and I, feel the urge to discover new forms of this piranha. It is like I have their spirit in my heart, a need of discovery, of exploring this species. This need to explore is like a ghost that haunts me and makes me want to explore the wild even more.

ABOVE: Piranha serrated keel.
The zig zag design seen in the series do not only refer to the extremely sharp teeth these piranhas have but also to the serrated keel that is one of the key characteristics of the whole piranha Serrasalmidae family. The Serrasalmidae family is actually named after this serrated keel body feature. Every species of piranha in the world have what looks like a saw or zig zag set of spines at the bottom of their “belly.” Large, old Redeye Piranhas, like the one reflected on the Redeye in Paradise painting, can only be found in deep, dark, murky rivers of the South American tropical rain forest. These piranhas grow very big, some past 50 cm. Redeye Piranha are solitary fish, lurking silently for their prey. To me they are beautiful mystical creatures. 
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