Physical Characteristics

Maximum size 83 in (210 cm) fork length weighing 183 lb (83 kg) or more. Body very elongate, fusiform, and only slightly compressed. Mouth large with strong, triangular, compressed, and finely serrate teeth closely set in a single series. Snout approximately as long as rest of head. Gill rakers absent. Two dorsal fins, the first consisting of 23-27 spines, the second with 12-16 rays followed by eight or nine finlets. Anal fin of 12-14 rays followed by nine finlets. Body covered with small scales. Swim bladder present. Vertebrae, 62-64. Back iridescent bluish green, sides silvery with 24-30 cobalt-blue vertical bars.

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