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Spanish Mackerel Scomberomorus maculatus

 

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Spanish Mackerel
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Family: Scombridae, Mackerels view all from this family



Description The Atlantic Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus, is a migratory species of mackerel that swims to the northern Gulf of Mexico in spring, returns to south Florida in the eastern gulf, and to Mexico in the western gulf in the fall.

The fish exhibits a green back; its sides are silvery marked with about three rows of round to elliptical yellow spots. Lateral line gradually curving down from the upper end of the gill cover toward caudal peduncle. The first (spiny) dorsal fin is black at the front. Posterior membranes are white with a black edge. Its single row of cutting edged teeth in each jaw are large, uniform, closely spaced and flattened from side to side. As with the King mackerel and the Cero mackerel, these teeth look very similar to those of the Bluefish, Pomatomus Saltatrix.


Dimensions Up to 3' (91 cm); 8 7/8 lbs (4.4 kg).


Habitat Open ocean, Ocean or bay shallows, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes.


Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas.


 

 

 

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