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The Atlantic saury, Scomberesox saurus, is a fish of the family Scomberesocidae found in the Atlantic Ocean, in the seas near Australia, and also in the Mediterranean. The fish grow to about 35 cm in length, with a maximum of 50 cm, and have beaklike jaws and a row of finlets behind their dorsal and anal fins. Atlantic sauries live near the surface, and will often jump above the surface.

The fish feeds on zooplankton and fish larvae, and is hunted by tuna, marlin, bluefish and cod.

Sub-Species



There are currently two recognized sub-species in this species:

  • Scomberesox saurus saurus (Walbaum, 1792) (Atlantic saury)
  • Scomberesox saurus scombroides (J. Richardson, 1843) (King gar)

References


Atlantic saury
  • "Scomberesox saurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 11 March 2006. 
  • Encyclopædia Britannica, 1988, volume 10, pg 477
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Scomberesox saurus" in FishBase. August 2012 version.




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