IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: bonito (English), bonito (Espanol)
Sarda orientalis (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)

Striped bonito

Elongate, rounded; no fatty eyelids; top of tongue without cartilaginous crests; jaw teeth conical, large, prominent, 10-30 on each side of each jaw; 8-13 gill rakers; two dorsal fins close together, 1st  XVII-XIX spines; 6-8 finlets after dorsal and anal fins; tail base with 2 small keels separated by third larger keel; well developed corselet of large scales on front of body.

Back and upper sides steel blue, with 8-11 dark, slightly oblique stripes; lower sides and belly silvery; first dorsal fin entirely black.

Size: grows to 117 cm; all- tackle world record 10.65 Kg.

Habitat: pelagic in coastal and ocean waters.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Indo-Pacific; the mouth of the Gulf of California to Peru and all the oceanic islands except Clipperton.


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