Pelican barracuda

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Pelican barracuda (Sphyraena idiastes)
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Pelican barracuda (Sphyraena idiastes) in the Galapagos Islands
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sphyraenidae
Genus: Sphyraena
Species: S. idiastes
Binomial name
Sphyraena idiastes
(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.[2]


From the tip of Baja California and near Guaymas, in the eastern Gulf of California south to Colombia to Chile, as well as the Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island, and Malpelo Island.[3]


  1. ^ NatureServe (2015). "Sphyraena idiastes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 4.1 (4.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Sphyraena idiastes" in FishBase. July 2013 version.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Life. "Details for: Pelican barracuda". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 

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