Pickhandle Barracuda

Pickhandle Barracuda (Sphyraena jello) Pickhandle Barracuda (Sphyraena jello)
Two Pickhandle Barracuda hunting at Thailand's Richelieu Rock

Credit: Sven Peeters

Pickhandle Barracuda Sphyraena jello
Description

The Pickhandle Barracuda (Sphyraena jello) is a large species of barracuda, also known as the Yellowtail, Jello, Blackfin, Guinean, Slender & Banded Barracuda and Sea Pike. It can grow to more than 1.5 metres in length and weigh more than 11 kilogrammes. The often spend the day in packs, then split up to hunt at night using lightning speed and mouths full of razor-sharp teeth. The black markings fade with age, but their yellow tail fins remain throughout their lives. They're abundant throughout tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes (Perch-like fishes)
Family: Sphyraenidae (Sphyraenidae)
Genus: Sphyraena (Sphyraena)
Species: Sphyraena jello
Size
Average Size: 1.2 metres

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