Barracudas have long cylindrical bodies with a silvery blue/green coloration on the back and silvery white on the abdomen. They have a large head and a prominent jaw with a sharp set of teeth, which are also on the palate. The two dorsal fins are widely separated and the tail fin is forked. They also have between 20 - 22 dark transversal bands on the sides of the dorsal and the fins are blackish.
Though normally associated with tropical seas, the presence of this species along the Mediterranean coastline is not unusual. Reproduction takes place and planktonic eggs are laid at the end of the spring and in summer. Barracudas feed on fish, squids and crustaceans.