Scombroidea

plural noun

Scom·​broi·​dea
skämˈbrȯidēə
: a suborder of Percomorphi that comprises active streamlined marine fishes having a narrow caudal peduncle, scales absent or small and sometimes spiny, a usually long dorsal fin without projecting spines but sometimes with finlets, a lunate or forked caudal fin and including numerous oily-fleshed fishes (as mackerels, tunas, albacores, bonitos, and swordfishes) and that are of great economic importance as food fishes

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Scombr-, Scomber + -oidea

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“Scombroidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Scombroidea. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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