|Pelican barracuda (Sphyraena idiastes)|
|Pelican barracuda (Sphyraena idiastes) in the Galapagos Islands|
(Heller & Snodgrass, 1903)
Pelican barracudas (Sphyraena idiastes) are found in temperate coastal and oceanic waters. They are usually seen in groups of 3-20, from the surface to about 24 m. Pelican barracuda feed mainly on fish . Large individuals may slash prey into pieces before swallowing them.
From:  The body is very elongate, relatively slender, cylindrical at the front. The head is long with a long pointed snout, a large protractile mouth with a distinctly protruding lower jaw. The mouth ends ~ one eye diameter before the eye; jaws and roof of mouth with many long sharp-edged teeth of unequal sizes. They have two widely separated dorsal fins (V + I, 8-10); small pectoral fins, 13 rays; pelvic fins I, 5, small, origin behind pectoral fins, under first dorsal fin; anal fins small, II, 8-10, similar to and under 2nd dorsal; a forked tail, without central lobes; a well-developed, straight lateral line; small smooth scales, 130-150 on lateral line. They are up to ~90 cm in length.
Pelican barracuda are grey above, white below. They often have oblique dark bars on their upper back. The fins are grey with dark edges. Small fish often have a yellow stripe through eye and part way along mid-flank, and dark spots on back and sides.