IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: wahoo (English), guajúes (Espanol), peto (Espanol), sierra (Espanol)
Acanthocybium solandri (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1832)


Very elongate, fusiform, slightly compressed; snout long (50% head length), pointed; rear of top jaw bone hidden; teeth strong, compressed, triangular; no gill rakers; 1st  dorsal fin with long base, XXIII-XXVII spines; 2nd  dorsal 12-16, with 8-9 finlets behind anal fin 12-14 + 9 finlets behind; 1 lateral line; corselet of scales indistinct; 1 large + 2 small keels on tail base.

Iridescent bluish green on back;  sides silvery with 24-30 cobalt-blue bars, some doubled or "Y"-shaped.

Size: reaches 250 cm; all- tackle world record 83.5 Kg.

Inhabits oceanic waters, generally well offshore.

Depth: 0-15 m.

All tropical seas; northern Baja to the mouth of the Gulf of California to Peru and all the oceanic islands.


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