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Barracuda Fish Facts and Pictures

Barracudas are marine ray-finned fishes found in most of the world's warm water oceans. They are often seen prowling areas of knee-high shallow coral reefs, but also at depths down to 100 meters.

Most of the twenty different barracuda species 'Sphyraena' live in oceans. But, in fact the Great Barracuda is also found in brackish or briny water (less salinity than seawater).

The vast majority of the genus have a long compressed silvery body, almost snake-like in shape. The barracuda species have small, but smooth, scales on their chalky-white belly.

Barracuda fish teeth are sharp-edged and fang-like. They are not dissimilar to the prominent teeth of piranha fishes. Barracudas have an arrow-like pointed head and a fork-shaped tail fin. Their upper body can be black, brown, or blue-gray scales with a white underbelly.

Although the head is long and pointed, many barracuda species have an 'underbite'. Their gill covers are spineless.

Two dorsal fins get separated wide apart, unusual for a fish, and its anterior fin has five spines. The large spinous posterior dorsal fin has one spine with nine soft rays attached, situated above the fish's anal fin.

The barracuda lateral line is prominent. It extends in a straight line running from its head to its tail. The forked caudal fin is set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins locate low on the sides of its trunk-like body and they have a huge swim bladder.

Barracuda Fish Facts Behavior

Barracudas tend to be solitary fish, but a school will often hunt together. The collective noun for a large group is a 'Battery of Barracudas'.

Nonetheless, large solitary barracuda are active hunters. In fact, they will attack humans - unprovoked. Even so, barracuda fish species tend to display a nocturnal behavior. They are usually much livelier during the dark hours of the night.

They mate in the spring time and the female barracuda will release over 1,000 eggs into the water. Despite this high number, only a few fertilized eggs will survive to adulthood.

Barracuda Meat

Barracuda meat is a delicacy in many countries, causing a major threat to its survival. They are not currently included in the list of endangered species. Most barracuda fishes eat other small vertebrates such as damselfishes. They also feed on boneless invertebrate mollusks such as octopuses, and crustaceans like shrimps and lobsters.

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School of Barracudas Swimming Around Shipwreck Battery of Barracudas Barracuda Fish [Sphyraena]

Pictures of Barracuda Fish: The Great Oceanic Barracuda and some Chevron Barracuda species are not common species found in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pattaya fish species section has further information. Check out other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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