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  Common names: barracuda (English), barracuda (Espanol), picuda (Espanol)
Sphyraena qenie Klunzinger, 1870

Blackfin barracuda

Body very elongate, slender, cylindrical at the front; head long with a long pointed snout; relatively large eye; 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, 8); small pectorals, 13 rays; pelvics I, 5, small, origin under pectoral fins, before first dorsal fin; anal fins small, II, 7, similar to and under 2nd  dorsal; a forked tail, with central lobes; a well-developed, straight lateral line; small smooth scales,  120-130 on lateral line.

Bluey-grey above, silvery below, 18-22 oblique dark bars on back that extend well below lateral line; dorsals, tail and anal fin blackish, last 2 rays of anal pale, contrasting.

Size: 170 cm.

Habitat: coastal and oceanic, nearbottom to surface, often around reefs.

Depth: 0-100 m.

Indo-Pacific; the SE Gulf of California, Guatemala, western Panama, and Clipperton Island, Malpelo Island, and Gorgona Island (Colombia).


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