Dino Piranha as seen in Super Mario Galaxy.
|First appearance||Super Mario Galaxy (2007)|
|Subspecies||Fiery Dino Piranha|
|Created by||Nintendo EAD Tokyo|
Dino Piranha largely resembles Petey Piranha but, with a reptilian body instead of a plant one. Its tail has a nut-like ending that drags along as it walks. It also has more vibrant petals and a purple head.
Dino Piranha made his debut in this game as the first boss. It first appeared in Good Egg Galaxy inside an egg on a little planet. When Mario used the Launch Star, he cracked the egg as he landed. To initiate the actual fight, Mario must crack the rest of the egg shell by hitting its exposed tail. After that, Mario must repeat the process 3 times with each time removing more of the petals until it has no more. If Mario gets in front of it, the Dino Piranha chases Mario until he loses sight of him.
Another version later appeared in the Melty Molten Galaxy called Fiery Dino Piranha. It shares most of its behaviors with its non-fiery counterpart. Most notably this version has a tail that passively ignites on fire. This leaves a fire trail behind that can hurt Mario and leaves his tail invulnerable to be able to get hit. It regularly turns off the fire, giving Mario the opportunity to attack. Otherwise, it behaves the same.