Taxonomy [Sphyraena putnamiae] [Phylum: Chordata] [Class: Actinopterygii] [Family: Sphyraenidae]
The Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena putnamiae) is often called Blackfin or Black-tailed Barracuda.
Anatomically they are very similar to common barracudas with the distinct difference of approximately 20 black chevron shaped stripes along its one meter body length.
The chevrons continue laterally to their tails, which are generally dusky black caudal fins.
Chevron Barracudas are found in Africa, The Red Sea, Indo-Pacific regions and in the southern hemisphere around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
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