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Also called Skipjack Tuna. They differ from other species by the presence in their ventral area of 4 or 6 highly visible longitudinal stripes, which go from the belly and the flanks to the tail. Its back is dark blue with purple traces, the belly and lower flanks being silvery.
With very short pectoral and ventral fins, its dorsal fins are separated by a small gap at its base. The teeth are small and conical. They have a length between 40 and 70 cm, although there are specimens that reach 1m.
It is a typically oceanic species, present in tropical and subtropical waters around the world and very characteristic of the tropical areas of the Atlantic. Skipjack tuna catches constitute 50% of the tuna worldwide, and it also stands out for being the most caught species in the Pacific Ocean in terms of weight.