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


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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Military Barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae Jordan & Seale 1907

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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).


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.


To at least 87 cm.


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.


Of little interest to commercial fisheries in Australia.



Species Citation

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


Schultz, S.

Military Barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae Jordan & Seale 1907


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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