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| Common names: scad (English), macarela (Espanol) |
Decapterus muroadsi (Temmink & Schlegel, 1844)
Amber-striped scad, Mexican scad
Elongate, slender, cylindrical; eye covered with adipose eyelid except for central slit; top and rear end of upper jaw straight, lower corner angular; front of shoulder that meets gill chamber with 2 moderate sized papillae; gill rakers (including rudiments) 13-15 + 37-42; dorsal rays VIII+I, 28-32 (including detached rear finlet); anal rays II+I, 24-27 (including detached rear finlet); pectoral fin 71-93% of head length; lateral line with long, low arch anteriorly; scales on straight part of lateral line 10-20, followed by 28-41 scutes, total of 103-115 (not including scales on tail base); branches of lateral line extending onto nape only; scales on top of head extend forward to front margin of pupil.
Blue to olive above, yellowish silver below; small black spot on upper angle of operculum; membrane at front of top of roof of mouth white; flank with a yellow stripe bordered above and below by blue stripes; fins lime green; tail fin with dark lower lobe and greenish yellow upper lobe.
Size: 55 cm.
Habitat: pelagic, nearshore.
Depth: 0-30 m.
An Indo-Pacific species; southern California to the tip of Baja, Ecuador to Chile, the Revillagigedos and Galapagos.