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Wahoo Acanthocybium solanderi

 

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Wahoo
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Family: Scombridae, Mackerels view all from this family



Description The wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono. Many Hispanic areas of the Caribbean and Central America refer to this fish as peto.

The body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of irregular vertical blue bars and have razor sharp teeth.These colors fade rapidly at death. The mouth is large, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of king or Spanish mackerel. Specimens have been recorded at up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) in length, and weighing up to 83 kilograms (180 lb). Growth can be rapid. One specimen tagged at 5 kilograms (11 lb) grew to 15 kg (33 lb) in one year. Wahoo can swim up to 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph), (Firestein and Walters, 1969). They are one of the fastest fish in the sea.


Dimensions Up to 6' (1.8 m); 149 lbs (67.6 kg).


Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Open ocean.


Range Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, California.


 

 

 

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