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Perciformes  -  Sphyraenidae  -  Sphyraena  -  Sphyraena argentea

Sphyraena argentea

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  faint bars

LL: dark
C yellow

pectoral: 16
pelvic: behind pectoral, under D
LL: ~166


Sphyraena argentea Girard, 1854

Pacific barracuda

Body very elongate, cylindrical at the front; head long with a long pointed snout; 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, 8-10); small pectorals, 16 rays; pelvics I, 5, small, origin of well behind pectoral fins, under first dorsal fin; anal fin small, II, 8-10, similar to and under 2nd  dorsal; a forked tail; without central lobes; a well-developed, straight lateral line; small smooth scales,  166 on lateral line.

Brownish to bluish above, sometimes with faint oblique bars on back, silvery below; lateral line dark; fins with grey rays and yellowish membranes.

Size: 157 cm.

Habitat: coastal and oceanic, nearbottom to surface.

Depth: 0-38 m.

California to the tip of Baja, the SW Gulf of California and the Revillagigedos Islands.

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