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on March 4, 2010; last updated March 4, 2010
Aquarium Guide - Mini



The barracuda was created with keen eyesight. It uses this design feature to effectively hunt its prey. Originally, this creature did not eat meat; it ate plants since all animals were created vegetarians.


  • The barracuda is very muscular and is shaped like a torpedo.
  • It has dozens of sharp teeth that line its jaws.

Fun Facts

  • Some of the barracuda’s teeth point backward into its mouth to help prevent fish from slipping out.
  • The barracuda likes shiny objects; it thinks such objects are food. When diving in an area where barracudas may be found, don’t wear jewelry or other shiny objects. The barracuda may think you are food.
  • A large barracuda is capable of cutting a large parrotfish in two with a single bite.

CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Perciformes (perch-like fishes)
FAMILY: Sphyraenidae (barracudas)
GENUS/SPECIES: 18 species

Size: Varies depending on species, 1.5–10 ft (0.5–3 m)
Diet: Almost any fish
Habitat: All temperate and tropical waters, except the eastern Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea

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