Free Content Food Habits, Length-Weight Relationship and Condition Factor of Young Great Barracuda, Syphraena Barracuda (Walbaum), from Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, Florida

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The food habits of the great barracuda, Syphyraena barracuda, were investigated by examining the stomach contents of fish between 36 and 441 mm TL from the shallow grassbeds of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, Florida. Juvenile barracuda less than 333 mm fed on small epibenthic fish. Goldspotted killifish, Floridichthys carpio, and rainwater killifish, Lucania parva, were the most common dietary items of juvenile S. barracuda. Food habits of juveniles were relatively constant with season and location within the estuary. Larger food organisms were consumed by adult barracuda. The calculated length-weight relationship for 97 barracuda (33–442 mm TL) was log10W = –5.0148 + 2.8663 log10L, and the mean condition factor was 0.497.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1989

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