Atlantic saury

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Atlantic saury
Scomberesox saurus saurus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beloniformes
Family: Scomberesocidae
Genus: Scomberesox
Species: S. saurus
Binomial name
Scomberesox saurus
(Walbaum, 1792)

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.


There are currently two recognized sub-species in this species:[1]


  • Encyclopædia Britannica, 1988, volume 10, pg 477
  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Scomberesox in FishBase. August 2012 version.