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Order Perciformes
Family Sphyraenidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Long and almost cylindrical body. Spiky head and relatively small. Wide mouth, with large teeth and pointed chin, very prominent and with the fleshy tip. Preoperculum totally covered with scales. Two dorsal fins separated and opposite the pelvis and anal. Coloration of greyish whitish silvery grey background, darker on the back, with a golden longitudinal band in the middle of the flanks. It measures up to 1.65 m.

FAO code
Sphyraena sphyraena
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug
International denominations
France Bécune européenne
Italy Luccio di mare o Barracuda
Portugal Bicuda
United Kingdom Barracuda
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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