Sphyraena qenie (Klunzinger, 1870)

Sphyraena qenie
Sphyraena qenie
Ian Shaw
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Nth Solitary Island
Common name: Blackfin Barracuda

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region, from East Africa to French Polynesia. Exact worldwide distribution uncertain due to difficulty distinguishing from similar species. In Australia recorded from the waters in the Gulf of Carpentaria, from Torres Strait in Queensland south to northern New South Wales. 

Ecological Notes:

Frequents areas of current adjacent to seaward reefs and lagoons. Forms large schools during daylight hours which disperse when hunting at night for smaller fish on which it feeds. Depth to at least 100m.

Additional Notes:

Identified by up to 20 dark bars crossing the body and the scalloprd black or black edged tail fin. Grows to 170cm but usually shorter at 80cm.