Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda

Bony Fish

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: great barracuda
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Osteichthyes
ORDER: Perciformes
FAMILY: Sphyraenidae
GENUS SPECIES: Sphyraena barracuda

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: Silver cylindrical body with dark blotches and lighter side bands. Mouth is a prominent feature with its obvious conical teeth and large underslung jaw. Dorsal fins are widely separated. Slightly centrally cleft (emarginate) caudal fin.
SIZE: 45.7-91.4 cm (1.5-3 ft) avg; 200 cm (6.6 ft) max
WEIGHT: 50 kg (110.2 lbs) max
DIET: Fish, cephalopods, and occasionally shrimp
INCUBATION: Species exhibits dioecism. Fertilization is external. Species is open water/substratum egg scatterer.
SEXUAL MATURITY: 66 cm; 2-4 years
LIFE SPAN: No data
RANGE: Western Atlantic: Massachusetts and Bermuda to Caribbean and Brazil
Eastern Atlantic: Sierra Leone to St. Paul's Rocks and Sao Tome Island
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii; throughout Micronesia
HABITAT: 0-100 meters in tropical & sub-tropical marine and estuarine waters
POPULATION: GLOBAL No data
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Not listed
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

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ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

No data

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bond, Carl E. Biology of Fishes - Second Edition. Saunders College Publishing, 1996.

Humann, Paul. Reef Fish Identification - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. New World Publications, Inc., 1992.

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