Atule mate   (Cuvier,  1833) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 30.0 cm TL

Color: Bright olive-green above, green yellow in midline and silvery to whitish below with 9 to 10 faint, dusky cross bars; a black spot on gill cover. The dorsal fins dusky yellow, anal fin pale; pectoral and pelvic fins whitish, dark green axillary patch on pectoral fin. Caudal fin yellowish.

An oblong and moderately compressed carangid. Adipose eyelids well developed, covering all but central slit. Teeth in both jaws in single series, small and conspicuous except that in large specimens upper jaw has 2 or 3 series anteriorly forming a narrow band. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 8 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 23 or 24 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 normal spine and 19 or 20 soft rays; last dorsal and anal rays longer than the preceding and finlet-like, but not separate from rest of fin. Pectoral fins falcate, longer than head length. Lateral line anteriorly with a moderate arch undulating in places, joins lateral line straight under the 6th to 8th soft dorsal ray; scutes on lateral line straight 40 to 50, strong. Forms schools. Mainly diurnal. Feeds on crustaceans and cephalopods.

Dioecious, external fertilization.

Synonym (s)
Alepes mate (Cuvier, 1833)
(Senior synonym)
Carangus politus Jenkins, 1903
(Junior synonym)
Caranx affinis Ruppell, 1836
(Junior synonym)
Caranx hasseltii (Bleeker, 1851)
(Junior synonym)
Caranx xanthurus Cuvier, 1833
(Junior synonym)
Decapterus lundini Jordan & Seale, 1906
(Junior synonym)
Decapterus normani Bertin & Dollfus, 1948
(Junior synonym)
Decapterus politus (Jenkins, 1904)
(Junior synonym)
Selar affinis (Ruppell, 1836)
(Junior synonym)
Selar hasseltii Bleeker, 1851
(Junior synonym)
Caranx mate Cuvier, 1833
(Senior synonym)
Alepes mate Smith-Vaniz, Bouchot and Desoutter, 1979
Decapterus politus (Jenkins, 1903)

Common Name (s)
• Deep Trevally (English)
• Finlet Scad (English)
• Yellowtail Scad (English)
• Yellow Tail Scad (English)
• Yellowtailed Scad (English)
• One Finlet Scad (English)
• Warri Parah (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted, game fish)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic copepods, bony fish, other fin fishes, planktonic crustaceans, other planktonic invertebrates, benthic algae/weeds, phytoplankton and cephalopods


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Goa, Aguada Bay INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Andaman Sea INDIA
• Pondicherry, Pondicherry mangrove (Lat: 11.76) (Long: 79.82) INDIA (Record: 01/2002-12/2003)
• Pondicherry, Pondicherry mangrove (Lat: 11.89) (Long: 79.8) INDIA (Record: 01/2002-12/2003)
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 14.21) (Long: 80.06) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 60 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Gujarat, Jakhau-Babber Creek (Lat: 23.5) (Long: 68.6) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-12/2000)
• Gujarat, Sangi-Kharo Creek (Lat: 23.28) (Long: 68.51) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-12/2000)
• Gujarat, Medi-Sinthodi Creek (Lat: 23.45) (Long: 68.48) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-12/2000)
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam Coast INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

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