Bonito

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Bonito
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Atlantic bonito, Sarda sarda
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scombriformes
Family: Scombridae
Subfamily: Scombrinae
Tribe: Sardini
Jordan and Evermann, 1896
Genera

Bonitos are a tribe of medium-sized, ray-finned predatory fish in the family Scombridae – a family it shares with the mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel tribes, and also the butterfly kingfish.[1] Also called the tribe Sardini, it consists of eight species across four genera; three of those four genera are monotypic, having a single species each. Bonitos closely resemble the skipjack tuna.

Etymology[edit]

The fish's name comes from the Spanish bonito 'pretty'.[2][3] An older theory suggests that it comes from an Arabic word bainīth, but that may have been derived from Spanish as well.[4]

Species[edit]

Food[edit]

Pacific and Atlantic bonito meat has a firm texture and a darkish color. The bonito has a moderate fat content. The meat of young or small bonito can be of lighter color, close to that of skipjack tuna, and is sometimes used as a cheaper substitute for skipjack, especially for canning purposes, and occasionally in the production of cheaper varieties of katsuobushi that are sold as bonito flakes. [5] Bonito may not, however, be marketed as tuna in all countries. The Atlantic bonito is also found in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, where it is a popular food fish, eaten grilled, pickled (lakerda), or baked.[6][7]

See also[edit]

  • Other fish sometimes called "bonito" include skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Sardini". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2018, s.v.
  3. ^ "Bonite", French National Centre for Textual and Lexical Resources [fr]
  4. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, 1989 [1]
  5. ^ Katsuobushi: Dried Bonito Flakes. Japanese Cooking 101. https://www.japanesecooking101.com/dried-bonito-flakes/. Accessed Sept 2019
  6. ^ Daskalov, Georgi M; Demirel, Nazli; Ulman, Aylin; Georgieva, Yoana; Zengin, Mustafa (2020-12-01). "Stock dynamics and predator–prey effects of Atlantic bonito and bluefish as top predators in the Black Sea". ICES Journal of Marine Science. 77 (7–8): 2995–3005. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsaa182. ISSN 1054-3139.
  7. ^ "AGE AND GROWTH OF ATLANTIC BONITO (SARDA SARDA) IN WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA" (PDF). Sci. Pap. ICCAT, 62(5): 1649-1658 (2008).

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