Fish of scales, elongated and round body, a little compressed, top of head between eyes is flat or concave; large mouth. It has silver coloration and it is distinguished by the double tail fin with pale tips on each lobe, and (usually) the presence of a few scattered black blotches on the lower sides, what differentiates this species from the 20 or more species of small barracudas, of which five are found in Brazil. Barracuda can achieve 3 meters of total length and 50kg.
It is found in different depths generally in shallow water between 15 to 65 meters, near to corals reef, ports, shipwrecks and in places where there are a concentration of small fishes, the use of fish attractors also reveals to be very efficient. It is a voracious species and aggressive, it attacks any object, shining or in movement.