Fish Identification: Find Species

Family: Scombridae Mackerels, tunas, bonitos

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Acanthocybium solandri Wahoo Atlantic, Indian and Paci 250 TL 1832
Allothunnus fallai Slender tuna Southern Ocean 105 FL 1948
Auxis brachydorax Eastern Central Pacific. 40 FL 1996
Auxis eudorax Eastern Pacific. 36.5 FL 1996
Auxis rochei Bullet tuna Atlantic, Indian and Paci 50 FL 1810
Auxis thazard Frigate tuna Atlantic,Mediterranean, I 65 FL 1800
Cybiosarda elegans Leaping bonito Western Pacific 45 FL 1935
Euthynnus affinis Kawakawa Indo-West Pacific 100 FL 1849
Euthynnus alletteratus Little tunny Atlantic Ocean 122 TL 1810
Euthynnus lineatus Black skipjack Eastern Pacific 84 FL 1920
Gasterochisma melampus Butterfly kingfish Circumglobal in southern 164 FL 1845
Grammatorcynus bicarinatus Shark mackerel Western Pacific 112 FL 1825
Grammatorcynus bilineatus Double-lined mackerel Indian Ocean 100 FL 1836
Gymnosarda unicolor Dogtooth tuna Indo-Pacific 248.0 FL 1836
Katsuwonus pelamis Skipjack tuna Cosmopolitan in tropical 110 FL 1758
Orcynopsis unicolor Plain bonito Eastern Atlantic 130 FL 1817
Rastrelliger brachysoma Short mackerel Pacific Ocean 34.5 FL 1851
Rastrelliger faughni Island mackerel Indo-West Pacific 20 FL 1967
Rastrelliger kanagurta Indian mackerel Indo-West Pacific 42.1 TL 1816
Sarda australis Australian bonito Southwest Pacific 180 FL 1881
Sarda chiliensis Eastern Pacific bonito Southeast Pacific 102 TL 1832
Sarda lineolata Pacific bonito Northeast Pacific 102 FL 1858
Sarda orientalis Striped bonito Indo-Pacific 102 FL 1844
Sarda sarda Atlantic bonito Eastern Atlantic 91.4 FL 1793
Scomber australasicus Blue mackerel Indo-West Pacific 44 FL 1832
Scomber colias Atlantic chub mackerel Atlantic Ocean. Warm wat 55 TL 1789
Scomber japonicus Chub mackerel Indo-Pacific 64 TL 1782
Scomber scombrus Atlantic mackerel North Atlantic 60 FL 1758
Scomberomorus brasiliensis Serra Spanish mackerel Western Atlantic 125 FL 1978
Scomberomorus cavalla King mackerel Western Atlantic 184 TL 1829
Scomberomorus commerson Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel Indo-West Pacific 240 FL 1800
Scomberomorus concolor Monterey Spanish mackerel Eastern Central Pacific 77 FL 1879
Scomberomorus guttatus Indo-Pacific king mackerel Indo-West Pacific 76 FL 1801
Scomberomorus koreanus Korean seerfish Indo-West Pacific 150 FL 1915
Scomberomorus lineolatus Streaked seerfish Indo-West Pacific 98 1829
Scomberomorus maculatus Atlantic Spanish mackerel Western Atlantic 91 FL 1815
Scomberomorus multiradiatus Papuan seerfish Western Central Pacific 35 FL 1964
Scomberomorus munroi Australian spotted mackerel Western Pacific 104 FL 1980
Scomberomorus niphonius Japanese Spanish mackerel Northwest Pacific 113.2 TL 1832
Scomberomorus plurilineatus Kanadi kingfish Western Indian Ocean 120 FL 1966
Scomberomorus queenslandicus Queensland school mackerel Western Pacific 100 FL 1943
Scomberomorus regalis Cero Western Atlantic 183 TL 1793
Scomberomorus semifasciatus Broad-barred king mackerel Western Pacific 120 FL 1883
Scomberomorus sierra Pacific sierra Eastern Central Pacific 99 FL 1895
Scomberomorus sinensis Chinese seerfish Western Pacific 247 TL 1800
Scomberomorus tritor West African Spanish mackerel Eastern Atlantic 100 TL 1832
Thunnus alalunga Albacore Cosmopolitan in tropical 140 FL 1788
Thunnus albacares Yellowfin tuna Worldwide in tropical and 239 FL 1788
Thunnus atlanticus Blackfin tuna Western Atlantic 108.0 FL 1831
Thunnus maccoyii Southern bluefin tuna Atlantic, Indian and Paci 245 FL 1872
Thunnus obesus Bigeye tuna Atlantic, Indian and Paci 250 TL 1839
Thunnus orientalis Pacific bluefin tuna North Pacific 300 FL 1844
Thunnus thynnus Atlantic bluefin tuna Western Atlantic 458 TL 1758
Thunnus tonggol Longtail tuna Indo-West Pacific 145.0 FL 1851

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