Great Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda (Edwards, 1771)
Akerstrom's Sea-pike, Barracuda, Dingo-fish, Giant Barracuda, Giant Sea-pike, Small-eyed Barracuda
Juvenile Great Barracuda are found inshore but adults are usually observed in open waters or near reefs. The video, below, supplied by Julia Santana Garcon (University of Western Australia) shows a fish in an open water habitat.
The species has an Indo-west-central-Pacific distribution. The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.