Pickhandle barracuda

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Pickhandle barracuda
Pickhandle barracuda.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sphyraenidae
Genus: Sphyraena
Species: S. jello
Binomial name
Sphyraena jello
Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1829

The pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello) is so called because the dark marks along its sides look like the thick ends of pickaxe handles. These dark markings fade with the preservation.

Sea anglers sometimes colloquially shorten the name to "pick".


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