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Barracuda: Sphyraena barracuda

Appearance:

  • Gray with a greenish color on the back, shading to a lighter belly
  • Mouth with prominent, sharp teeth; lower jaw protrudes past upper jaw
  • Black blotches on lower sides
  • Diagonal dark bars on upper sides (not always evident)
  • Tail color is dark with white tips
  • Young have dark stripe on side that breaks into dark blotches with age 

Size: Up to 106 pounds 

Habitat:

Range inshore to offshore. Young found inshore in seagrass beds.

Behavior:

Top predator in reef areas, consuming fishes, squid and shrimp. 

Additional Information

Consuming larger barracuda may cause ciguatera poisoning.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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