Sphyraena picudilla Poey, 1860
Southern sennet
Sphyraena picudilla
photo by Patzner, R.

 Family:  Sphyraenidae (Barracudas)
 Max. size:  61 cm FL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,140.0 g
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 65 m
 Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida (USA), and the Bahamas to Uruguay.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 9-9
 Biology:  Inhabits coastal waters. Found in rocky or coral reefs (Ref. 9710). More abundant over muddy bottoms. Juveniles are encountered in seagrass beds (Ref. 9626). Often occurs in large schools, sometimes near the surface (Ref. 9626). Marketed fresh and frozen.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 10.03.02
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 26.08.94

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