Skipjack tuna

Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis )

The skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis, Japanese鲣Katsuo (obsolete. Katsuwo ), English Skipjack tuna ) is the only species of the genus Katsuwonus within the mackerels and tunas ( Scombridae ). It is about three feet long and can weigh over 20 kilograms. Typically, the seven dark longitudinal stripes are on the silvery belly. The Bonito lives in tropical and subtropical seas, but is also occasionally caught in the summer in the North Sea. In the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, he is missing.

The loggerhead Bonito ( Auxis thazard ) like him, his flesh is however considered less valuable.


The skipjack is the most economically important marketed as tuna type, although he himself zoological not to the species of tunas ( Thunnus ) heard, but whose closest relative is. He is fresh, canned and dried offered as bonito flakes.

In Japanese cuisine it is used as Katsuobushi, that is dried and smoked, or processed as Katsuo no shiokara.