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voracious marine fish of the family Pomatomidae, resembling the pompanopompano
, common name for fishes of the genus Trachinotus, members of a large and important family (Carangidae) of mackerellike fishes, abundant in warm seas around the world.
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 but more closely related to the sea basses (see bassbass
, common name applied to various fishes of Centrarchidae (black basses and sunfishes), Serranidae (sea basses and groupers), Moronidae (temperate basses), and other families.
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, in zoology). Bluefish are found in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic. They average 30 in. (75 cm) in length and 10 to 12 lb (4.5–5.5 kg) in weight. Their sweet and pleasant-tasting flesh and their streamlined agility make them excellent food and game fish. Bluefish wander erratically in dense schools, feeding on menhaden and mullet and leaving a trail of carnage, for they destroy much more than they consume; they are even known to regurgitate in order to gorge themselves more. Bluefish are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Pomatomidae.



(Pomatomus saltatrix), the only representative of the family Pomatomidae, order Perciformes. The body is elongated (up to 115 cm long) and laterally compressed; weight may reach 15 kg. The scales are cycloid. Bluefish are found in schools in tropical and temperate waters. In the USSR they inhabit the Black and Azov seas. They undergo major seasonal migrations and spawn in stages during the summer. The eggs are laid deep at sea, with productivity of 100,000 to 1 million eggs. Bluefish are predators, feeding on herring, anchovies, and other fishes and are the object of commercial fishing.


(vertebrate zoology)
Pomatomus saltatrix. A predatory fish in the order Perciformes. Also known as skipjack.
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Fishery and biology of the enchova Pomatomus saltatrix in southern Brazil.
cirrata (Goode & Bean, 1878), the squid (lula) (several species) and the bluefish (anchova) Pomatomus saltatrix (Linnaeus, 1766) are highly seasonal.
The "stage-duration" mechanism was evaluated by comparing the results of a phenotypic selection model with the observed age at the larval-juvenile transition derived from the ontogenetic record contained within the otoliths of Pomatomus saltatrix.
Diet and habitat use by bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, in a Chesapeake Bay estuary.
spotted seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus, McMichael & Peters 1989; red drum Sciaenops ocellatus, Peters & McMichael 1987; bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix, Harding & Mann 2001b) and for birds (e.
Unidentified tilefish Pomatomidae, Bluefishes 49 Pomatomus saltatrix Bluefish Rachycentridae, Cobias 50 Rachycentron canadum Cobia Echeneidae, Remoras 51 Echeneis naucrates Sharksucker Carangidae, Jacks 52 Alectis ciliaris African pompano 53 Caranx bartholomaei Yellow jack 54 Caranx crysos Blue runner 55 Caranx hippos Crevalle jack 56 Caranx latus Horae-eye jack 57 Caranx ruber Bar jack 58 Caranx spp.
Mutual prey of fish and humans: a comparison of biomass consumed by bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, with that harvested by fisheries.
Diet composition of young-of-the-year bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, in the lower Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's coastal ocean.
spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, Tabb & Manning 1961, McMichael & Peters 1989, red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, Peters & McMichael 1987, bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, Harding & Mann 2001), and birds (e.
In a third and final report, Rathbun (1887) described three new species of parasitic copepods from Albatross collections, taken from sharks, menhaden, and bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, in Vineyard Sound or off Florida.
maculatus; bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, and occasionally for sharks, from November through March.