Rainbow Runner

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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rainbow runner (or just runner, as in Australia), Elagatis bipinnulatus, a fish of the carangid (jack) family which is found in tropical or near-tropical waters in the Atlantic (both sides, but not in the Mediterranean) and many areas in the Indo-Pacific region. A pelagic fish, rarely found in coastal waters, it has a maximum length of just over 1 m (4'). Its back is the greenish-blue typical of deep-sea species; and it has a few blue and yellow stripes running along its sides, which account for ‘rainbow’ in its name, but tend to fade after death.