Sphyraena idiastes Heller & Snodgrass, 1903
Pelican barracuda
photo by FAO

Family:  Sphyraenidae (Barracudas)
Max. size:  91 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 24 m
Distribution:  Southeast Pacific: Peru, including the Cocos and the Galapagos islands.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found in temperate waters (Ref. 9345). Seen in groups of 3-20 from the surface to about 24 m (Ref. 5590). Feeds mainly on fish . Large individuals may slash prey into pieces before swallowing them. The front of each jaw is toothless and there is a series of large triangular teeth along each side of both jaws (Ref. 28023).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 May 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 26.08.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 19.07.95

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