Southern Sennet (Sphyraena picudilla)

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Southern Sennet

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Southern Sennet

Sphyraena picudilla

3785 Litres (1000 US G.)

36-61 cm (14.2-24")


8.1 - 8.4

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

9-14 years



Additional names

Additional scientific names

Sphyraema picudilla


From Bermuda, Florida (USA), and the Bahamas to Uruguay.


Males, and females are virtually indistinguishable

Tank compatibility[edit]

This fish can be kept solitary, in pairs, or in groups. It cannot be housed with smaller fish as they will be eaten.


A carnivorous fish that may prove difficult to wean onto dead food. Does well on meaty foods such as freeze-dried/frozen fish and shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish must have a large tank, ideally a long, and/or circular raceway shaped, if not wide tank with a secure lid as they may jump. Found on open water, and reefs, making them suitable for a non-reef, or reef aquarium depending on preference.


A predator of all zones in the aquarium. Often found solitary or in shoals, with adults commingling with juveniles In the wild.


An elongated slender fish with a long snout and mouth, the upper jaw being slightly longer than the lower. The body is iridescent silver in colour. The caudal fin is forked with a few black spots on the caudal peduncle. Adults have a dark back for countershading.


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