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June 16, 1928

THE BARRACUDA (SPHYRAENA) DANGEROUS TO MAN

Author Affiliations

Associate in Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History; Research Associate, New York Aquarium NEW YORK

JAMA. 1928;90(24):1938-1943. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690510022009
Abstract

The barracuda is a large, savage, superficially pikelike fish of tropical and subtropical seas. Because of its considerable size and voracious habits, it has long been accused of attacking men bathing or accidentally falling into the water. For this reason it has been of much interest to physicians as well as ichthyologists. A definite case of this habit having come directly to the attention of one of us, and the literature having been thoroughly worked up by the other, we have thought that it would be of interest and value if these data were brought together and presented in definite form to medical men and to others who might be interested.

REPORT OF ATTACK ON MAN NEAR COLON BY SPHYRAENA BARRACUDA  While Breder was confined in the United States Naval Hospital at Colon in 1924, with fever contracted while carrying on zoological explorations in the Darien jungle, there was brought

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