Friday, July 31, 2009

Chevron Barracuda

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Blacktail or Chevron Barracuda - Tateratera
(Sphyraena qenie)

Blacktail or Chevron Barracuda - Sphyraena qenie
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Occur throughout the tropical Indopacific.

Blacktail barracuda are found in current swept lagoons, channels and reef slopes.

Feed on many kinds of small fish.

Quick Fact
Blacktail barracuda are often found in large stationary schools near the forereef during the day and disperse to feed on the reef at night. Barracuda feed largely on reef fish, and are known to accumulate toxins that lead to Ciguatera poisoning if consumed by humans.

Learn More
- Moorea Biocode Database

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