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barracuda,

slender, elongated fish of tropical seas. Barracudas have long snouts and projecting lower jaws armed with large, sharp-edged teeth. They are ferocious, striking at anything that gleams, and are considered excellent game fishes. The largest of the group, the great barracuda, averages 5 ft (1.5 m) in length but may reach 10 ft (3 m); it is dangerous to swimmers wearing shiny objects. Other species are the Pacific barracuda (4 ft/1.2 m long) and the smaller Northern barracuda, which is not dangerous. Barracudas are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Sphyraenidae.

barracuda

[‚bar·ə′küd·ə]
(vertebrate zoology)
The common name for about 20 species of fishes belonging to the genus Sphyraena in the order Perciformes.

barracuda

any predatory marine teleost fish of the mostly tropical family Sphyraenidae, esp Sphyraena barracuda. They have an elongated body, strong teeth, and a protruding lower jaw
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La especie Sphyraena barracuda Walbaum 1792 se registra en el Mioceno Medio de la Formacion Gatun en Panama (Gillette, 1984) y el Mioceno Superior--Plioceno Inferior de Costa Rica en la Formacion Uscari (Laurito, 1999), donde tambien, se describen otros especimenes asociados de Sphyraenidae indeterminado cuyas coronas recuerdan al morfotipo 2 de la presente localidad y a la especie Sphyraena senni de la Formacion Oceanique del Mioceno de la Isla de Barbados.
Common names Species Sawtooth barracuda Sphyraena putnamiae Blacktail barracuda Sphyraena qenie Pickhandle barracuda Sphyraena jello Sharpfin barracuda Sphyraena acutipinnis Yellowtail barracuda Sphyraena flavicauda Striped bonito Sarda orientalis Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus Frigate tuna Auxis thzard thzard Longtail tuna Thunnus tonggol Yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares Kingfish Scomberomorus commerson Queenfish Scomberoides commersonnianus Table 2.
1994), and members of the suborder Scombroidei, which includes tunas, billfishes, and the barracuda Sphyraena barracuda (Z=0.
The California drift gillnet fishery for broadbill swordfish, Xiphias gladius, and common thresher shark, Alopias vulpinus, developed in the late 1970's when incidental catches of pelagic sharks in small-mesh coastal drift gillnets targeting barracuda, Sphyraena argentea, and white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis, motivated fishermen to experiment with large-mesh nets targeting thresher shark.
This fish was later identified by the author as a Mexican barracuda, Sphyraena ensis (Jordan and Gilbert 1882), and represents the first record from southern California.
Indo-Pacific black marlin Makaira indica Escolar Lepidocybium flauobrunneum Indo-Pacific blue marlin Makaira mazara Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri Shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus Barracuda Sphyraena spp.
Las especies con mayor CPUE, abundancia, peso y frecuencia en los dos AAs fueron Sphyraena guachancho y Scomberomorus brasiliensis.
lt;10 Great barracuda Sphyraena barracuda <10 Squirrelfish Holocentrus sp.
lamprotaenia, Trachinotus falcatus and Sphyraena barracuda among others, while resident estuarine species were shown with higher incidence in dry season represented by F.
The pelagic species hardhead halfbeak, Chriodorus atherinoides, and leatherjack, Oligoplites saurus, were not common, and the scrawled cowfish, Lactophrys quadricornis; the striped burrfish, Chilomycterus schoepfi; and the great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, were all observed only once.