Sphyraena putnamae, also known as the sawtooth barracuda, is widely distributed in Indo-West Pacific, from East Africa and Red Sea to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, north to southern Japan. The sawtooth barracuda inhabits bays and turbid inner lagoons.
His body is elongate, subcylindrical. Snout long, pointed; posterior tip of maxilla just reaching to below anterior margin of eye. First gill arch without gill raker. Last rays of second dorsal and anal fin elongate in comparison with penultimate rays. Caudal fin deeply forked. Pelvic-fin origin anterior to origin of first dorsal fin. Color: head and body dark brown dorsally, silvery-white ventrally. Many typical dark chevron markings crossing lateral line on body. Caudal fin blackish without white tips.