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Other names: 

oahu fish, Pacific kingfish

Scientific name: 

Acanthocybium solandri


Worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas. Pelagic and seasonally migratory, It tends to be a loner or travel in small groups of 2 to 6 fish .

The upper jaw is movable and the teeth are large, strong and laterally compressed. The gill structure differs from that of other members of the tuna and mackerel family (Scombridae), most closely resembling the gill structure of the marlins.

Additionally, it has no gill rakers. The back is a brilliant, deep, blue sometimes described as metallic or electric blue. Bright blue vertical bands, or "tiger stripes," flow down the sides onto the silver and sometimes join into pairs on the belly. These beautiful stripes are not, however, always prominent in large specimens and occasionally may be missing entirely.

It feeds on squid and pelagic fishes, including small mackerel and tuna, flying fish, puffers, and whatever appears desirable since few fish can escape. It is reputed to be one of the fastest fish in the sea, attaining speeds of 50 mph (80 km) and more.

Occasionally this fish jumps on the strike and often shakes its head violently when hooked in an effort to free itself. Fishing methods include trolling with whole, rigged Spanish mackerel, mullet, ballyhoo, squid or other small baits as well as with small baits or artificial lures. Live bait fishing and kite fishing are productive, but the Wahoo is a relatively scarce species and is usually taken incidentally while fishing for other oceanic species.

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