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Genus: Sarda, Bonito Tuna, Bonitos

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D1 & 2 close
upper body; oblique stripes
tongue - no ridges
front body: corselet of heavy scales





Elongate, a little compressed; 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, 1st dorsal XVII-XXIII spines, upper profile ~straight; 6-8 finlets after dorsal and anal fins; short, V shaped bony process between pelvic fins; 1 large + 2 small keels on tail base; tail fin deeply forked; 1 lateral line; body covered with small scales, well developed corselet of large scales on front of body; 5-10 narrow, oblique stripes along upper body.

A circumglobal tropical to temperate genus with 4 species; represented in our area by one Pan-Atlantic species.