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Species: Acanthocybium solandri, the Wahoo

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blue-green + many irregular bars
very elongate; snout = 1/2 head
D1 XXIII-XVII
D & A: 8-9 flinlets behind
top jaw bone hidden
teeth compressed, triangular

Acanthocybium solandri (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1832)

Wahoo

Body very elongate, fusiform, a little compressed; snout long (50% head length), pointed; rear of top jaw bone hidden; teeth strong, compressed, triangular; no gill rakers; 1st dorsal fin with long base, XXIII-XXVII spines; 2nd dorsal 12-16, with 8-9 finlets behind; anal fin 12-14 + 9 finlets behind; 1 large + 2 small keels on tail base; tail fin deeply forked; 1 complete lateral line; corselet of scales indistinct.

Iridescent bluish green on back; sides silvery with 24-30 irregular grey bars, some doubled or "Y"-shaped.

Size: reaches 250 cm; IGFA world record 83.6 kg.

Inhabits oceanic waters, generally well offshore.

Depth: 0-51 m.

All tropical seas; Maine to central BraZil.

    


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
Habitat
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent
  • Also in Brazil
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 250
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 51