Sharpfin barracudaSphyraena acutipinnis

  • Fringing Reef
  • Barracudas
  • Fauna
  • Lagoon coral patches


The Sphyraena acutipinnis, of the order of Perciformes and family Sphyraenidae (Barracudas) is commonly known as the Sharpfin barracuda. It has a narrow dark stripe on the lower flank and a dark marking on the body near the pelvic fin base. The caudal fin is dark. It has a total of 6 dorsal spines, 8 to 9 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines and 8 anal soft rays[1].


[1] ‘Sphyraena Acutipinnis Summary Page’.

Habitat and ecology

This species is present across the Indo-Pacific region. It is found in lagoons, bays and near seaward reef., The recorded depth range is down to 66m. It is a nocturnal species and is found in large group.


Conservation and management

The conservation status of this species has not been evaluated yet.

Did you know?

This species can reach a maximum recorded length of 80 cm.