Military Barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae Jordan & Seale 1907


Other Names: Chevron Barracuda, Military Seapike, Military Sea-pike, Sawtooth Barracuda

A school of Military Barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae, at Palau. Source: Stephanie W. Batzer / Flickr. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Summary:

The Military Barracuda prefers inshore waters and has numerous dark bars on its body. Appears to prefer inshore bays and turbid lagoons. Forms schools during the day but hunts as individuals at night.


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Schultz, S., Sphyraena putnamae in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2552

Military Barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae Jordan & Seale 1907

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Distribution

Indo-Pacific distribution, but uncertain due to identification issues. In Australia it ranges across northern waters, from Onslow (WA) to the Great Barrier Reef (QLD).

Features

D VI, 9; A II, 7-9; Llat 123-136.

Maxilla (upper jaw) extending to just below anterior margin of eye. First gill arch with platelets, which lack distinct spines. Pectoral fin tip extends past first dorsal fin origin. First dorsal fin origin posterior to pelvic fin origin. Last ray of second dorsal fin elongated. Caudal fin forked in large adults, with a pair of lobes on the posterior margin close to the midline.

Size

To at least 87 cm.

Colour

Grey dorsally, silvery on sides, fading to white ventrally. Numerous dark bars on sides of body. Bars oblique above lateral line, almost vertical below. Caudal fin blackish, lacking white tips.

Fisheries

Of little interest to commercial fisheries in Australia.

Conservation

None.

Species Citation

Sphyraena putnamae Jordan & Seale 1905, Proc.Davenport Acad. Sci. (Iowa) 10: 4, Pl. 13, Hong Kong.

Author

Schultz, S.

Military Barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae Jordan & Seale 1907

References


Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray, J.R. Paxton, & 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.

Senou, H. (2001). Sphyraenidae. pp. 3685-3697 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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CAAB Code:37382006

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