Animal Species:Bigeye Barracuda, Sphyraena forsteri (Cuvier, 1829)

The Bigeye Barracuda iscan be recognised by its elongate shape, large eye, and colouration. The species occurs throughout much of the Indo-Pacific.

A school of Bigeye Barracuda

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Bigeye Barracuda

Identification

The Bigeye Barracuda can be recognised by its elongate shape, large eye, and colouration. It is greenish-grey dorsally, has silvery sides, a black blotch on the base of the pectoral fin, and white tips to the second dorsal and anal fins.

Size range

Bigeye Barracuda grow to 65 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs throughout much of the Indo-Pacific. The school of Bigeye Barracuda in the image was photographed in a protected bay at North Solitary Island, northern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Sphyraena forsteri

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Bigeye Barracuda specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
forsteri
Genus:
Sphyraena
Family:
Sphyraenidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. de Sylva, D.P. 1975. Barracudas (Pisces: Sphyraenidae) of the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas - a preliminary review of their systematics and ecology. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. India v. 15 (no. 1) [1973]: 74-94. [Published 1975, author's notation on reprint.]
  2. Smith, M.M., and P.C. Heemstra (eds.). 1986. Smiths' Sea Fishes. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg. i-xx + 1-1047, Pls. 1-144. [Revision of J.L.B. Smith's, The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa, first published in 1949. Also 1988, 1991 and 1995 impressions.]
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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