Scientific Name
Sphyraena acutipinnis  
Sphyraena acutipinnis尖鰭金梭魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Day, 1876 Depth 20 - 50M
Chinese 尖鰭金梭魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 金梭魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F472 Sphyraenidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 尖鰭魣 
Max Length 80 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 針梭、竹梭、巴拉庫答 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、North、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew 
Habitats Ocean、Coral、Estuary、Coastal、
Holotype Locality India 
Synonyms Indosphyraena africana, Sphyraena africana, Sphyraena helleri, Sphyraena japonica, Sphyraena natalensis   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.6(FAO, 2001)  馬敏欽 1989 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0056167. NMMSTP01693. NTUM06781.  
Common Name Pointed finned sea pike; Sharpfin barracuda; Sharp-fin barracuda; Pointedfin barracuda; Cheekflap barracuda; Japanese barracuda 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, subcylindrical or slightly compressed. Head long, pointed, scaly on sides and posteriorly on top. Mouth nearly horizontal, large. Jaws elongate, the lower one considerably projecting; large, sharp, flattened or conical teeth of unequal size on jaws and palatines; usually 1 or 2 strong, sharp canines near tip of lower jaw. Maxilla reaching to below anterior nostril. First gill arch with 1 prominent gill raker. Two short dorsal fins, widely separated; the first with V strong spines inserted about opposite to or behind pelvic fins; the second with I spine and 9 soft rays; anal fin with II spines and 8 soft rays; origin of pelvic fins just below first dorsal-fin origin; caudal fin forked. Lateral-line scales 129 to 138. Body with a narrow dark stripe on the lower flank; a dark marking present on body near pelvic-fin base; caudal fin darkish.
habitats Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs. Also found in bays. Schooling species. Nocturnally active. 
Distribution Widespread in the Tropical and subtropical Indo-West Pacific from East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan. It is a common species in Taiwan. 
Utility Marketed fresh.