Great barracuda


  • Usually occurs singly.
  • Reported to contain ciguatoxin in Puerto Rico.
  • Predator. Has a strong jaw and feeds on fishes.
  • In Florida, most males mature between 1 and 2 years old, while most females mature between 2 and 4 years old.
  • Males and females can live to at least 11 and 18 years old respectively.


  • Body robust, elongated and silvery. Faint oblique dark bars, most visible on the dorsal side of the body.
  • Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins may appear black. All with white tips.
  • Some individuals may have black blotches scattered along the lower side of the body.

Common Name: Great barracuda

Family Common Name: Barracudas

Scientific Name: Sphyraena barracuda___(Edwards, 1771)

Maximum Length: 200 cm (Total Length)