Animal Species:Blackfin Barracuda, Sphyraena qenie Klunzinger, 1870

The Blackfin Barracuda lives in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. The exact distribution range of the Blackfin Barracuda is difficult to determine because it is often confused with other barracuda species.

A Blackfin Barracuda at Tijou Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Blackfin Barracuda

Alternative Name/s

Chevron Barracuda

Identification

The Blackfin Barracuda has a long silver body with about 20 chevron-shaped bars. The lower jaw has a fleshy pointed tip. The caudal fin is dusky with a black margin.

Size range

The Blackfin Barracuda grows to 90 cm in length.

Distribution

The species lives in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from tropical waters of Western Australia and Queensland. The exact range of this species is difficult to determine because it is often confused with other species of barracudas such as the Giant Seapike, S.jello and the Sawtooth Barracuda, S.putnamae.

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 qenie

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blackfin Barracuda specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Classification

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

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. 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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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Blackfin Barracuda, Sphyraena qenie, Sphyraenidae, silver, blue, long and skinny, 30 cm - 1 m, countershaded, stripes or bands, pelagic, coral reef, marine, adult,