Animal Species:Great Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda (Edwards, 1771)

Standard Common Name

Great Barracuda

Alternative Name/s

Akerstrom's Sea-pike, Barracuda, Dingo-fish, Giant Barracuda, Giant Sea-pike, Small-eyed Barracuda

Distribution

The species has an Indo-west-central-Pacific distribution. 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 barracuda

Habitat

Juvenile Great Barracuda are found inshore but adults are usually observed in open waters or near reefs. The video, above, supplied by Julia Santana Garcon (University of Western Australia) shows a fish in an open water habitat.

Classification

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

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  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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