Tag: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

The largest of the Sphyraenidae family, the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) is the only one of the four main local species which leads a predominantly solitary existence.

Although attaining a maximum length of up to 2m, and a "territorial" species by nature, an encounter with a Great Barracuda can be considered a rare occurrence in this area.

Although conforming to the typical Barracuda shape and appearance, the Great Barracuda is fairly easy to distinguish from its relatives. As with most Barracuda species, it is generally silver in colour with numerous dark vertical bands along the body.

Unlike the other locally occurring species however, the Great Barracuda has a large dark patch on the second dorsal fin and either lobe of the caudal fin.

The caudal fin is also noticeably different in that it has a prominent v-shaped notch separating the upper and lower lobes.

The largest of the Sphyraenidae family, the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) is the only one of the four main local species which leads a predominantly solitary existence.

Although attaining a maximum length of up to 2m, and a "territorial" species by nature, an encounter with a Great Barracuda can be considered a rare occurrence in this area.

Although conforming to the typical Barracuda shape and appearance, the Great Barracuda is fairly easy to distinguish from its relatives. As with most Barracuda species, it is generally silver in colour with numerous dark vertical bands along the body.

Unlike the other locally occurring species however, the Great Barracuda has a large dark patch on the second dorsal fin and either lobe of the caudal fin.

The caudal fin is also noticeably different in that it has a prominent v-shaped notch separating the upper and lower lobes.

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

This small, 1 - 1.5m Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) appeared at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan in late December 2010.

This is by far the least commonly encountered species of Barracuda in local waters, so hopefully this one will stick around for a while.

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

This photo shows the imposing Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) in far greater detail than the grainy image taken at Angthong Marine Park.

The Dive Inn wishes to thank James Hubrecht for allowing the use of this photograph.

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

This poor quality photograph from Koh Yippon, Angthong Marine Park, shows a Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) that was exhibiting an agitated posture by "gaping" at me.