Bullet Bonito Fish Mounts - You can easily order through this website or call us if you prefer. GFM individually handcrafts each defined and detailed fish replica by hand, one-at-a-time. Every fish reproduction is perfectly airbrushed to resemble each species' most noticeable and distinct color patterns.
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This bonito is shaped much like a small tuna, being thick and stout bodied, about one-fourth as deep as it is long (not counting the caudal fin), and similarly tapering to a pointed snout and very slender caudal peduncle. It is tuna-like also, in that its body is scaled all over, that its caudal peduncle has median longitudinal keels, and that its two dorsal fins are so close together that they are practically confluent. But the shape of its fins distinguishes it at a glance from a small tuna, the only regular member of the Gulf of Maine fish fauna, with which it is apt to be confused, its first dorsal being relatively much longer than that of the tuna (about one-third as long as the body, not counting the caudal, and with about 21 spines), and its second dorsal considerably longer than high, whereas the second dorsal is at least as high as it is long in the tuna.
The mouth, too, of the common bonito is relatively larger than that of the tuna, gaping back as far as the hind margin of the eye, and its jaw teeth are larger, with the two to four in the front of the lower jaw noticeably larger than the others. The shape of its first dorsal, with nearly straight upper margin marks it off from the oceanic bonito, also from the false albacore, in both of which this fin is very deeply concave in outline; the uniform scaliness of its body, also, is diagnostic, as contrasted with them. We need only note further that its first dorsal fin is triangular, tapering regularly backward, with only slightly concave upper edge; that the margins of the second dorsal and anal fins are deeply concave; that it has 7 or 8 dorsal finlets and 7 anal finlets; that its tail fin is lunate, much broader than long; and that its lateral line is not deeply bowed below the second dorsal, but is only wavy. The color of this bonito is so distinctive as to be a ready field mark to its identity, for while it is steely blue above with silvery lower part of the sides and abdomen, like most of the mackerel tribe, the upper part of the sides are barred with 7 to 20 narrow dark bluish bands running obliquely downward and forward across the lateral line. While young its back is transversely barred with 10 to 12 dark-blue stripes, but these dark cross-bars usually disappear before maturity. This bonito grows to a length of about 3 feet and to a weight of 10 to 12 pounds.
The bonito is a strong, swift, predaceous inhabitant of the open sea and like all its tribe travels in schools. When they visit our northern waters they prey upon mackerel, alewives, menhaden, and other smaller fish such as launce and silversides; also upon squid. They are very likely to be noticed, for they jump a great deal when in pursuit of their prey. Further to the southward the bonito spawns in June; but it is not likely to spawn in the Gulf of Maine, nor does it do so in the northern part of its European range. Presumably its eggs are buoyant like those of other scombroids. Young 5 to 6 inches long have been reported as common off Orient,N. Y., early in September. But nothing is known of its rate of growth. Warmer parts of the Atlantic, including the Mediterranean; north to outer Nova Scotia, on the American coast and to Scandinavia on the European coast.
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