Barracuda Bio Assignment

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Mid-Unit Bio Assignment Skyler Knopp 10-8-11 1. Name: Sphyraena Barracuda Common Name: The Great Barracuda 2. Appearance: In order to camouflage themselves in the water and sneak up on prey, their bodies are dark grey on top with shiny silver on their undersides. Long, lean bodies with heads pointed and large in proportion to their body to contain their massive gaping jaws add to their intimidating exterior. (Grubich and Rice) 3. What it Does: Can swim at speed of up to 58km per hour. But unless it is hunting in the reefs, the barracuda swims along slowly, so as to be stealthy and conserve energy. This has given it a reputation as one of, if not the most feared predators of coral reefs. In order
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Unformatted text preview: to both protect itself and sneak up on prey, it employs natural camouflage to blend in with the water. Also, it has sharp teeth and a very powerful jaw. While floating around between feeding, the barracuda has a mutual relationship with small fish called wrasse, which eat dead skin and parasites off of the barracuda’s body. (Paterson) 4. Sources: 1. Grubich, J. and Rice, A. and Westneat, M. 2007. Functional morphology of bite mechanisms in the great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda). Zoology V111 No1: 16-29. 2. Paterson, S. 2002. In the Realm of the Barracuda. The Ocean Realm N2: 36-41...
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