Significance to humans

Many species of scombroid fishes are of great importance as food fishes—mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bonito, and tuna—and as sport fishes—Spanish mackerel, tuna, swordfish, and marlin.

1. Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans); 2. Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus); 3. Swordfish (Xiphias gladius); 4. Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri); 5. Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis); 6. Great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda); 7. Albacore (Thunnus alalunga); 8. Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus); 9. Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus); 10. King mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla); 11. Snake mackerel (Gempylus serpens); 12. Largehead hairtail (Trichiurus lepturus). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron)

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