Decapterus macarellus   (Cuvier,  1833) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Bluish green above and silvery below. A small black blotch occurs on the margin of the opercle near the upper edge. The caudal fin is dusky while the anal and pelvic fins are whitish

Body is slender. The moderately large eyes are covered with an adipose eyelid except for the central slit which is exposed. Minute scales cover the body. The curved part of the lateral line which has a low regular arch is much longer than the straight part and has 58 to 75 scales. The posterior straight part of the lateral line has 18-36 scales and 25 to 40 scutes. The fins include two dorsals. The first has 8 spines and the second is comprised of 1 spine plus 31 to 37 soft rays with the last ray forming a single detached finlet. The anal fin has 2 detached spines followed by a single spine and 27-31 soft rays with the last ray also forming a single detached finlet. The pectoral fins are short , not reaching the origin of the second dorsal fin. There are a total of 45-54 gill rakers on the first gill arch with 10-13 rakers in the upper limb and 34-41 rakers on the lower limb of the arch.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Mackeral Scad (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Prey:  Planktonic invertebrates


• Kerala, Vizhinjam (Lat: 8.37) (Long: 76.95) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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