Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)

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Great Barracuda

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Great Barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda

3785 Litres (1000 US G.)

180-200 cm (70.9-78.7")


8.1 - 8.4

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

9-12 years



Additional names

Commerson's Sea Pike, Barra, Snoek, Short Barracuda, Striped Seapike, Barracouta

Additional scientific names

Agrioposphyraena barracuda, Esox barracuda


Commonly found in oceans worldwide


Males, and females are virtually indistinguishable

Tank compatibility

This fish is best kept in pairs or in groups. It cannot be housed with smaller fish as they will be eaten.


A carnivorous fish that may prove difficult to wean onto dead food. Does well on meaty foods such as earthworms and crickets.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

This fish must have a long tank, with a secure lid as they may jump. Found on open water, and reefs.


A top-dwelling predator. Often found solitary or in shoals, with adults commingling with juveniles.


An elongated slender fish with a long snout and mouth, the upper jaw being slightly longer than the lower. The body is iridescent silver in colour with spots towards the caudal penduncle. The caudal fin is forked with a black spot on the caudal peduncle.


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