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Barracuda

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Barracuda Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Actinopterygii
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Perciformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Sphyraenidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Sphyraena
Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species
Barracuda
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Sphyraena
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from
Oceans worldwide
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
0.5m - 2m (20in - 79in)
Water Type:
Either freshwater, brakish or salt
Salt
Optimum pH Level:
The perfect acidity conditions for the animal
5 - 7
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
10 - 15 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Grey, Blue, Black, Brown
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Smooth
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Coastal lagoons and coral reefs
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
1,000
Main Prey:Fish, Plankton, Invertebrates
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Sharks, Humans, Killer Whales
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Large body size and powerful jaws

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Barracuda

The barracuda is a large species of fish found in the warmer, coastal regions of the world's oceans. There are more than 20 different species of barracuda that range in size from less than 50cm to nearly 2 meters in length.

The barracuda is widely spread across the oceans but is more commonly found in the more tropical regions where there is an abundance of food. Although barracudas can be found in the deep ocean, they tend to prefer coastal habitats along continental shelves and close to coral reefs.

Despite the difference in size and colour between barracuda species, all species of barracuda have a similar elongated appearance, and pointed head with powerful jaws, containing rows of sharp fang-like teeth used for eating larger prey.

The barracuda is known to be an aggressive and dominant predator, often relying on the surprise tactic in order to catch it's prey. Barracudas are also able to swim at over 40 km/h in short bursts which they do to overtake prey that may be trying to swim away.

The barracuda is an opportunistic predator, feeding only on other animals in the surrounding water. The carnivorous barracuda primarily feeds on smaller species of fish, marine invertebrates, crustaceans and squid, which the barracuda usually ambushes with tremendous power.

Due to the fact that barracudas can grow into very large sized fish, the barracuda has few natural predators in the ocean besides sharks and killer whales. Humans are also one of the barracuda's main predators as they are hunted and eaten all around the world.

Although little is really known about the reproduction of the barracuda, female barracuda are known to spawn during the spring. The female barracuda releases her eggs into the water which are then fertilised externally. As with many fish species, once spawned, the barracuda mother has no interest in caring for her young.

Today, due to it's aggressive nature, the barracuda is one of the most dominant predators within it's coastal environments and has even been known to act aggressively towards humans diving or snorkelling in the water.

Barracuda Translations

Català
Esfirènid
Dansk
Barracuda
Deutsch
Barrakudas
English
Barracuda
Español
Sphyraena
Suomi
Barrakudat
Français
Sphyraena
עִבְרִית
ברקודה
Magyar
Nyilascsukafélék
Bahasa Indonesia
Barakuda
Italiano
Sphyraenidae
日本語
カマス
Bahasa Melayu
Barracuda
Nederlands
Barracuda\'s
Norsk
Barracudaer
Polski
Barrakudowate
Português
Barracuda
Româna
Baracudă
Svenska
Barracudafiskar
Tiếng Việt
Họ Cá nhồng
中文
梭子魚

Barracuda Comments

Chris
"They are awesome"
Suckerfish819
"I LOVE FISH!!!!!!"
hunter
"barracudas are awesome"
Swag
"In Australia when snorkeling there was a huge barracuda under the boat. It would swim for an attack and then back under the boat "
Anonymous
"one time i was snorkeling and i saw a huge one"
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First Published: 24th May 2010, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]

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