Body elongate and moderately deep. Two dorsal fins, the first much smaller than the second. The first dorsal and anal rays distinctively longer than all others (19-22% of fork length). Caudal fin deeply forked. Upper jaw broad with wide supramaxilla, extending back to center of eye. First gill arch with 22-24 gill rakers in adult specimens.
adults with silvery violet to olive or blueish-green back which gradually changes to silvery on the ventral surface. Often with yellow elongated areas on the sides. Young (up to 20 cm Total Length) have a dark bar from the eye to dorsal fin origin and 6-7 bars on the body.
50-80 cm (max. 120 cm).
Seriola spp.: length of second dorsal fin lobe 11-18% of fork length.
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Feeds on pelagic fishes and invertebrates. Eggs and larvae planktonic.
pelagic, probably more oceanic than its congenerics. Juveniles found offshore under floating objects.