COEXISTENCE OF THE TWO SPECIES OF AUXIS (PISCES) IN THE SANTA MARTA REGION, COLOMBIA
The marine environment of the Santa Marta region (Colombian Caribbean) is unique in many ways. The coexistence there of both species of Auxis is herewith reported and discussed. Auxis thazard, the frigate tuna or frigate mackerel, has been reported several times from Santa Marta; however, the occurrence of A. rochei, the bullet tuna or bullet mackerel, is reported for the first time. Some inter and intraspecific differences are discussed; fishery aspects are commented as well.
Frigate tuna; Frigate mackerel; Bullet tuna; Bullet mackerel; Colombian Caribbean
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