No information was found regarding mating systems in Scombridae.
Scombrids, with the exception of bluefin tunas, spawn repeatedly. Some, like Scomber scombrus (Atlantic mackerel), spawn all summer long. Female mackerels produce, on average, about half a million eggs, which float near the surface. Bluefin tunas spawn in tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and spend the rest of the year feeding in temperate regions.
Key Reproductive Features: iteroparous ; seasonal breeding
No information was found regarding parental care in Scombridae.
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