Body oval and very compressed, ventral profile more convex than dorsal, mouth small and oblique, snout short, eye small with slight adipose
eyelid. Two scarcely separated dorsal fins, upper lobe of caudal fin longer than
lower, low dorsal and anal fins. Scales small and cycloid, chest scaled, lateral line with a marked anterior arch.
color : body and head dark metallic greenish-blue on the upper part and silvery on sides and belly. A black saddle spot on the upper part of caudal peduncle, upper margin of the operculum dark. Pectoral and caudal fins were yellow, pelvic fins white.
common size : common 25-40 cm (max. 65 cm).
Caranx spp.: scutes along straight part of lateral line.
Other carangids: no black spot on the upper part of caudal peduncle, ventral profile not strongly convex.
Other families: no two free spines in front of anal fin.
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Feeds on fish, cephalopods, zooplankton and detritus.
habitat : adult distribution occurs over soft bottoms from coastal waters to open ocean. Larvae and juveniles may be dominant in shallow waters, especially near estuaries. Juveniles often observed in association with jellyfishes.