Taxonomy Tuesday: Bluefish

Taxonomy Tuesday: Bluefish

The hungry bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) (Image: SERTC)

The hungry bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) (Image: SERTC)

“[They] rush ravenously through the closely crowded schools, cutting and tearing the living fish as they go, and leaving in their wake the mangled fragments.”

So described the authors of The fisheries and fishery industries of the United States the feeding behavior of bluefish in 1884. These cosmopolitan fish (Pomatomus saltatrix) swim in most of the world’s oceans and school in large groups.

As the quote implies, bluefish are aggressive predators that put up a fight on the end of a line, making them a popular game fish along the East Coast. Anglers often encounter bluefish in South Carolina estuaries and coastal waters.

This bluefish was collected on an SCDNR SEAMAP research cruise and photographed by the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center (SERTC) at SCDNR’s Marine Resources Center.

See more images from SERTC's collections here.

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