Species of Thailand

Pickhandle barracuda

Sphyraena jello, Georges-Frédéric Cuvier in Cuvier & Achille 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 under preservation.

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

The pickhandle barracuda's spawning takes place in the Iranian Bushehr coastal water.

A 2006–2007 investigation on the biological habitat and characteristics of Sphyraena jello found that the species' feeding takes place after releasing its gonads to spawn. This release creates space for the stomach to magnify its capacity for appropriate feeding (Halpern, 2004). This takes place in October and November.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Sphyraenidae
Genus
Sphyraena
Species
Sphyraena jello

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Pickhandle barracuda
Pickhandle barracuda

Range Map

Distribution map of Pickhandle barracuda, Sphyraena jello in Thailand
  • Similan Islands
  • Surin Islands
Range map of Sphyraena jello in Thailand