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  Common names: runner (English), macarela (Espanol)
 
Elagatis bipinnulata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)


Rainbow runner



Body elongate, fusiform; mouth small, opens at front, ends well before eye; pectoral short, < head length; dorsal rays VI+I, 25-28 + 2; anal rays I+I, 18-20 + 2; a single 2-rayed finlet behind dorsal and anal fins; tail base notched above and below; lateral line with slight arch anteriorly; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval; breast scaled.



Dark olive green to blue above, white below; two narrow light blue or bluish-white stripes along sides, with a broader olive or yellowish stripe between them; fins with an olive or yellow tint.


Size: grows to 180 cm, but common to 80 cm. Reaches at least 17.1 kg.

Habitat: a pelagic species, usually found near the surface around islands sometimes far offshore.

Depth: 0-150 m.

Circumtropical; the mouth of the Gulf of California to Ecuador and the oceanic islands.

   

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