IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sierra (English), macarela (Espanol), sierra (Espanol), carite (Espanol)
Scomberomorus sierra Jordan & Starks in Jordan, 1895

Pacific sierra

Elongate, strongly compressed; snout shorter than rest of head; no fatty eyelid; rear of top jawbone exposed; teeth strong, compressed, triangular or knife-like; 12-17 gill rakers; 1st  dorsal fin with XV-XVIII spines; 2 dorsals very close together; 7-10 finlets after 2nd  dorsal and 7-10 after anal fin; 2 small keels separated by third larger keel on tail base; corselet of scales obscure.

Bronze-green to greenish blue on back, silvery white on lower sides and belly; sides with ~ 3-8 rows of small round orange spots; outer half of first dorsal fin black, inner parte whitish; pectoral fins dusky.

Size: attains 112 cm and at least 7.3 Kg.

Habitat: occurs in schools in coastal seas.

Depth: 0-15 m.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Chile, including the Galapagos Islands, Cocos and Malpelo.


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