The eating qualities of these fish are greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- The various species of piapara have various different colour patterns over a generally similar body shape.
- This particular species of Leporinus has silvery scales and three spots along the flanks.
- Piaparas and related species of Leporinus are endemic to the Amazon and Orinoco River Basins as well as various other river systems throughout South America.
- These fishes tend to frequent weedy areas in ponds or slow moving water.
Fish Size Common Length:
Common between 20-30 cm, maximum size around 40 cm and 1.5 kg.