Physical Characteristics

Maximum fork length 50 in (127 cm). A large tuna, deepest at a more posterior point than in other tuna species, at or only slightly anterior to second dorsal fin. Two dorsal fins, separated by only a narrow interspace, the first with 11-14 spines, the second with 12-16 rays; anal fin with 11-16 rays; both second dorsal and anal fins followed by seven to nine finlets. Pectoral fins remarkably long, usually 30% of fork length or longer, reaching posteriorly well beyond origin of second dorsal fin. Teeth small and conical, in a single series. Gill rakers, 25-31. Caudal peduncle very slender with a strong lateral keel between two smaller keels. Corselet of large scales anteriorly; rest of body covered with small scales. Swim bladder present. Ventral surface of liver striated. Back metallic dark blue; lower sides and belly silvery white; second dorsal and anal fins yellow; anal finlets dark; white margin on posterior margin of caudal fin.

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