Body elongated and fusiform moderately compressed. Two well-separated dorsal fins, each depressible into a groove. Second dorsal fin opposite anal fins, both followed by five finlets. Caudal fin forked with two small horizontal keels on its base. Pectoral and pelvic fins small. Head longer than body depth. Large mouth, maxilla extending beyond posterior margin of eye. Small conical teeth in both jaws, absent from palatine and vomer. Very long gill rakers visible when mouth closed, some of them bearing fine bristles. Eye covered by an eyelid. Entire body covered with scales.
blue-green back with several black spots. Flanks and belly silvery-white with 2 or 3 faint longitudinal stripes, and a black dot under the lower margin of pectoral fin.
common 20-25 cm (max. 35 cm).
Scomber spp.: gill rakers shorter than gill filaments; teeth present in palatine and vomer.
Other scombrids: more than 6 dorsal and anal finlets.
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Schooling species. Planktivorous. Often observed swimming through plankton patches with open mouth. Eggs and larvae planktonic.
pelagic in coastal waters.