Wahoo Species Profile

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Species Profile For Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) Prepared for MSC 276 – Marine Vertebrate Zoology By Dean Crenshaw dacrenshaw256@mail.cfcc.edu Submitted: Names and Classification: Scientific Name: Acanthocybium solandri Common Name (English): Wahoo Synonyms: Acanthocybium solandri also known as the: mackerel, queen-fish, barracuda, wahoo fish, kingfish, ono, peto. Family: Scombridae - Wahoo Description: The wahoo has an elongated scaled body which that looks slightly compressed. It is a bluish green towards the dorsal of the body and silvery towards the bottom. There are numerous darker bars running below its lateral line fading towards its ventral part of its body. Its first dorsal fin has around 23-27 spines while the second dorsal fin only has nine finlets. It has a lunate caudal fin (Carpenter, 2011). It also has 12-14 anal soft rays but no anal spine. A very elongated jaw is seen. The mouth is very large with a beak-like snout (figure 2). They have jagged teeth. The maximum length caught was approximately 250 centimeters but range from 85-105 centimeters with a maximum weight of 83 kilograms (Luna, n.d.). It does not have any gill rakers. Pectoral fins (2) on each side of its body is present. A pelvic fin is also present. There is no caudal keel nor…show more content…
885 wahoo’s were examined and 53% of the wahoo had food containing primarily pelagic fish and squid. The most occurring food was frigate mackerel (Auxis thazard), porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), and the flyingfish (Cypselurus spp.) (Manooch, 1983). They have also been recorded feeding on tunas, little tunny, dolphinfish, herrings, jacks, lanternfishes, scads, and pilchards. Even though wahoo is attracted traveling closely to floating debris or plants, such as sargassum spp., their diet makes them go out into the open waters and find food there. They are very fast swimmers which allows them to catch their prey with no problem and capture it (Gardieff,

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