Large dark-striped tropical food and game fish related to remoras; found worldwide in coastal to open waters; SYN. Rachycentron canadum, sergeant fish.
rachycentron canadum / |rachycentron| |canadum| /
runner / rʌnər /
Sinonimi: blue runner · Caranx crysos
Fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil; SYN. blue runner, Caranx crysos.
sergeant fish / ˈsɑːrdʒənt ˈfɪʃ /
booby / buːbi /
ETYM Spanish bobo dunce, idiot; cf. Latin balbus stammering, Eng. barbarous.
Small tropical gannet having a bright bill or bright feet or both.
Tropical seabird of the genus Sula, in the same family, Sulidae, as the northern gannet. There are six species, including the circumtropical brown booby S. leucogaster. They inhabit coastal waters, and dive to catch fish. The name was given by sailors who saw the bird’s tameness as stupidity.
One species, Abbott’s booby, breeds only on Christmas Island, in the western Indian Ocean. Unlike most boobies and gannets it nests high up in trees. Large parts of its breeding ground have been destroyed by phosphate mining, but conservation measures now protect the site.
dirty allan / ˈdɝːti ˈælən /
gannet / ɡænɪt /
ETYM Old Eng. gant, AS. ganet, ganot, a sea fowl, a fen duck; akin to Dutch gent gander, Old High Germ. ganazzo. Related to Gander, Goose.
Large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish.
N Atlantic seabird Sula bassana in the same family (Sulidae) as the boobies. When fully grown, it is white with black-tipped wings having a span of 1.7 m/5.6 ft. The young are speckled. It breeds on cliffs in nests made of grass and seaweed. Only one (white) egg is laid.
ETYM Icel. skufr, skumr.
Gull-like jaeger of northern seas; SYN. bonxie.
Large, predatory gull.
Dark-colored gull-like seabird, family Stercorariidae, living in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Skuas can grow up to 60 cm/2 ft long and are good fliers. They are aggressive scavengers, and seldom fish for themselves but force gulls to disgorge their catch, and also eat chicks of other birds.
The largest species is the great skua Stercorarius skua of the N Atlantic, 60 cm/2 ft long and dark brown on the upper parts.