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Pacific bonito

Order Perciformes
Family Scombridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated and rounded body; no fatty eyelids; top of tongue without cartilaginous crests; jaw teeth conical, large, prominent, 10-30 on each side of each jaw; two dorsal fins close together, 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. Top blue-grey, darker on head; belly silver; 5-6 slightly oblique black stripes running along upper back; dorsals dusky, second dorsal white tip; tail dark grey; anal and pelvic white; pectoral grey. It can reach up to 1.02 m in length, while its weight could reach 11.3 kg.

FAO code
Sarda chiliensis
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov
International denominations
Germany Chilenische Pelamide
France Bonite du Pacifique oriental
Italy Tonnetto cileno
Portugal Bonito do Pacífico
United Kingdom Pacific bonito
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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