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What is the difference between Cariba and Caribe? Location? Appearence?
 

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traumatic said:
Cariba refers to Pygocentrus cariba, formerly known as Serrasalmus notatus.

Caribe is another word for pirana or piranha.
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Ok, I was asking the question because Aquascape sells caribe and Shark Aquarium sells both Cariba and Caribe. Aquascape has Caribe listed as pygocentrus notatus
 

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Trauma is right.

Also, some people use "Cariba" to refer to a single P. cariba, and use "Caribe" as the plural form (one Cariba, five Caribe) - if my memory serves me right, this is incorrect, though....
 

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I belive caribe is solely a term for piranha. Cariba is a species, Pygocentrus Cariba. It's possible the listing on Aquascape is a typo or error of sorts.
 

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So pygocentrus notatus and pygocentrus cariba is the same thing?
 

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acidWarp said:
I belive caribe is solely a term for piranha. Cariba is a species, Pygocentrus Cariba. It's possible the listing on Aquascape is a typo or error of sorts.

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Well both sites sell pygocentrus notatus (caribe) and pygocentrus cariba (cariba).
 

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So pygocentrus notatus and pygocentrus cariba is the same thing?
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it is the same fish, notatus is just the scientific species name for it, the cariba name comes from a long ago native tribe(caribs) that used to live in the south american region where these fish flurished. the natives were thought to be canibalistic. look into the species identification forums and you can make your own decision.
 

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traumatic said:
Cariba refers to Pygocentrus cariba, formerly known as Serrasalmus notatus.

Caribe is another word for pirana or piranha.
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I was just gonna open up same kind of thread when i came across this in search. Is it what you are saying is that the fish that we have is correctly spelled as cariba. Caribe are different p's commonly called by the local folk ???
 

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Caribe (not sure if that's singular or plural, or both) is one of the names the natives use for piranha's, if I remember correctly.

The species P. cariba is often called Cariba (slang name derived from its scientific name) - plural is Cariba as well.
 

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Cariba is the correct spelling of the sci species name for that Pygocentrus. Its based on the scientist who first named the species. Caribe is the Spanish common name from Venezuela. Its primarily reserved for the true caribe or Pygocentrus species. But like the common name "piranha" in Brazil, caribe or caribes (plural) is loosely applied to all of them in Venezuela. Here at PFURY we loosely use "caribe" for P. cariba when discussing it. If you had a Venezuelan S. rhombeus, that too would be called "caribe" but that is a loose application. Pirambeba (which is Brazilian) is a proper term for the Serrasalmus, Pristobrycon, and Pygopristis species and there is legal precedent for it (State of Oregon vs. Magallanes 1993).
 
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