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Auxis rochei (bonitou)

Synonyms: Auxis bisus; Auxis maru; Auxis ramsayi; Auxis rochei rochei; Auxis thynnoides; Auxis vulgaris; Scomber bisus; Scomber rochei; Thunnus rocheanus; Thynnus rocheanus

Wikipedia Abstract

The bullet tuna, Auxis rochei rochei, is a subspecies of tuna, in the family Scombridae, found circumglobally in tropical oceans in open surface waters to depths of 50 m (164 ft). Its maximum length is 50.0 cm.(20 inches) Sometimes called bullet mackerel, the bullet tuna is a comparatively small and slender tuna. It has a triangular first dorsal fin, widely separated from the second dorsal fin, which, like the anal and pectoral fins, is relatively small. There are the usual finlets of the tuna. There is a small corselet of small scales around the pectoral region of the body.
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Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera 40611 Spain  

Prey / Diet

Anchylomera blossevillei[2]
Auxis rochei (bonitou)[3]
Heteroteuthis dispar (odd bobtail squid)[2]
Nematalosa japonica (Japanese gizzard shad)[3]
Scomber australasicus (Spotted mackerel)[3]
Stolephorus apiensis (Samoan anchovy)[3]
Stolephorus tri (White bait)[3]
Stylocheiron maximum[2]
Trachurus japonicus (Japanese scad)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Allothunnus fallai (Tuna)1
Centroscymnus coelolepis (Portuguese shark)1
Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin)1
Kogia breviceps (Pygmy Sperm Whale)1
Kogia sima (Dwarf Sperm Whale)1
Thunnus alalunga (longfinned albacore)1
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)1
Ziphius cavirostris (Cuvier's Beaked Whale)1


Auxis rochei (bonitou)[3]
Balaenoptera edeni (Bryde's whale)[3]
Carcharodon carcharias (Maneater shark)[3]
Makaira nigricans (Ocean guard)[4]


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[5]
Annulocystis auxis[5]
Ascaris papilligera <Unverified Name>[5]
Callitetrarhynchus gracilis[5]
Didymozoon auxis[5]
Hexostoma keokeo[3]
Hexostoma thynni[5]
Lecithochirium keokeo[3]
Oncophora melanocephala[5]
Rhadinorhynchus johnstoni[3]
Rhadinorhynchus lintoni[5]
Rhadinorhynchus ornatus[3]
Rhadinorhynchus pristis[3]
Rhipidocotyle capitata[3]
Tergestia laticollis[5]
Tetrarhynchus scomberrocheri <Unverified Name>[5]
Theledera pectinata[5]


Australia; Brazil; China; Ecuador; Galapagos Islands; Gulf of California; India; Japan; Mexico; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Southeast; Panama; Philippines; South Africa; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by
1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2"Feeding habits of the bullet tuna Auxis rochei in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea", E. Mostarda, D. Campo, L. Castriota, V. Esposito, M.P. Scarabello and F. Andaloro, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 87 / Issue 04 / August 2007, pp 1007-1012
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Diet of the blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off the south coast of Portugal, Pedro Veiga, José Xavier, Carlos Assis and Karim Erzini
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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