Lestidium atlanticum

Common Name

Atlantic Barracudina

Year Described

Borodin, 1928


Dorsal Fin: 9-10
Anal Fin: 29-30
Pectoral Fin: 12
Pelvic Fin: 9
Lateral Line: 121
Vertebrae: 80-83

Pelvic fin origin almost directly under dorsal fin origin.


Body pale with a darker dorsum. Lateral line sections bordered by melanophores. A dark band of pigment above anal fin base.


Maximum size to 196mm SL.


Epipelagic to bathypelagic from 0-1200m. Larvae in shallower waters.

Range Map

 Range Map


Widespread in the tropical Atlantic: from the Gulf Stream region to the Caribbean Sea and eastern Gulf of Mexico, into the central Atlantic, and south to Brazil.


McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.

Rofen, R.R. In: Anderson, W.W., R.H. Gibbs, F.H. Berry, W.A. Gosline, J.E. Bohlke, N.B. Marshall, R.L. Bolin, G.W. Mead, J.W. Gehringer, R.R. Rofen, and N.J. Wilimovsky. 1966. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Part 5. Iniomi and Lyomeri. Memoir No. 1. Sears Foundation for Marine Research; Yale University, New Haven, CT. 647 pp., 220 plates.