| Ecological Descriptors
Elongated bodies with logitudinal stripes, pike-like heads, and large jaws. Yellowish line along flanks. Forked tail (cf Great Barracuda tail is emarginate). The lower jaw protrudes slightly from the upper jaw, both of which contain fang-like teeth. Two widely seperated dorsal fins. The anterior dorsal fin usually possesses spines, while the posterior has rays and one spine.
Juvenile: With 3 black bars around body.
Inhabits coastal waters. Found in rocky or coral reefs , but also abundant over muddy bottoms, at depths usually from 1-90m. Usually occurs in large schools. Feeds on small fishes, squids, and shrimps
Group spawners, with pelagic eggs and larvae.