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