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| Common names: Cortes (English), barracuda (English), barracuda (Espanol), picuda (Espanol) |
Sphyraena lucasana Gill, 1863
Cortez barracuda, Lucas' barracuda
Body very elongate, cylindrical at the front; head long with a long pointed snout; large protractile mouth with a distinctly protruding lower jaw, jaws and roof of mouth with many long sharp-edged teeth of unequal sizes; two widely separated dorsal fins (V + I, 9); small pectorals, 16 rays; pelvics I, 5, small, origin behind pectoral fins, under first dorsal fin; anal fins small, II, 8-9, similar to and under 2nd dorsal; a forked tail, without central lobes; a well-developed, straight lateral line; small smooth scales, 160-170 on lateral line.
Silvery with about 20 faint dark bars on upper side; fins pale.
Size: reaches 76 cm.
Habitat: coastal pelagic.
Depth: 0-25 m.
Southern Baja and the Gulf of California.