Rabbi Presworsky's book describing the various kosher/non-kosher creatures seen here says that piranha and barracuda are kosher fish based on their scales.

Are there any earlier poskim who have confirmed piranha and/or barracuda are kosher fish?

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    It is unclear why you ask that, is there any specific problem with them that make them stand out of the rule of scales?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 9:56
  • Why do you think they might not be kosher? They have fins and easily-removable scales. I don't see a problem with them.
    – ezra
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 14:25
  • I believe CrC published a thorough article listing every kosher fish around. See if you can locate it, and B"N, I'll see if I can.
    – DanF
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 17:10
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    You have to act fast or they'll eat you first. Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 15:15
  • Here (Rationalist Judaism) is a mention that says piranha is OK. I'm sure he would give you his sources if you asked.
    – WAF
    Commented Sep 9, 2018 at 8:14

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Although there doesn't seem to be much written online about the kashrus of piranha, Chabad and the Vaad HaKashrus of Ottowa both say baraccuda are kosher. The "Traveling Rabbi" appears to say some piranha are kosher and others aren't.

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