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Biology

Inhabits coral reefs or bays (Ref. 9768). Usually seen by day in large schools (Ref. 9768). Mainly nocturnal (Ref. 4887). Also caught with set nets (Ref. 9768).
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Distribution

Indian Ocean: East Africa and the Mascarene Islands (Ref. 9768). Pacific Ocean: north to southern Japan, south to the Coral Sea, and east to French Polynesia; also from the Hawaiian Islands. Common in oceanic islands of the Pacific (Ref. 9768). The exact range is uncertain because of the confusion of this species with Sphyraena acutipinnis and Sphyraena novaehollandiae.
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Western and Central Pacific: East Africa east to Hawaiian Islands, Marquesas Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago, north to southern Japan, south to New Caledonia (Indian Ocean records uncertain).
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 7 - 9
  • Senou, H. 2001 Sphyraenidae. Barracudas. p. 3685-3697. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9768)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9768&speccode=5734 External link.
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Size

Maximum size: 800 mm TL
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Max. size

80.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)); max. published weight: 1,812 g (Ref. 4887)
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Inhabits coral reefs or bays (Ref. 9768). Usually seen by day in large schools (Ref. 9768). Mainly nocturnal (Ref. 4887). Also caught with set nets (Ref. 9768).
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Coloration of the body with two bright yellow stripes on the sides; caudal fin darkish.
  • Senou, H. 2001 Sphyraenidae. Barracudas. p. 3685-3697. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9768)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9768&speccode=5734 External link.
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Type Information

Type for Sphyraena helleri
Catalog Number: USNM 49692
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Illustration
Collector(s): United States Fish Commission (USFC)
Locality: Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii, United States, Pacific
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 15 - 104 m (Ref. 58302)
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Depth range based on 4 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 101.5 - 102

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 101.5 - 102
 
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Depth: 15 - 60m.
From 15 to 60 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated. Inhabits coral reefs or bays (Ref. 9768). Usually seen by day in large schools (Ref. 9768). Mainly nocturnal (Ref. 4887). Also caught with set nets (Ref. 9768).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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