Taxonomy

Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758, Atlantic Ocean. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Maquereau commun; Spanish: Caballa del Atlantico. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Maximum fork length is 22 in (56 cm), commonly to 19 in (30 cm). Body fusiform, tapering rearward to a very slim caudal peduncle and anteriorly to a pointed snout. Eyes large with so-called adipose eyelids covering front and hind margins of the eye except for a slit over the pupil. Mouth large, filled with small, sharp, conical teeth in upper and lower jaws. Gill rakers, 30-36 on lower limb of first gill arch. Two widely separated dorsal fins, the first with 11-13 spines, the second with 11 or 12 rays. Both second dorsal and anal fins followed by five fin-lets. Entire body covered with small scales. Swim bladder usually absent. Vertebrae, 31. Upper surface dark steely to greenish blue. Body barred with 23-33 dark transverse bands; belly unmarked.

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