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Horse mackerel

Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Fusiform body. Eyes with adipose membrane. Last soft radius of the second dorsal and anal fins separated from the rest, although united by a small membrane. Two small hard spokes in front of the anal fin, separated from her. Main lateral line and short accessory lateral line, up to the first 5 or 6 radii of the second dorsal fin. Bright dark greenish-gray in the upper half of the body. Silvery white by flanks and belly. A black spot in the upper corner of the operculum. Up to 60 cm in length.

FAO code
Trachurus picturatus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
France Chinchard du large
Italy Suro o Sugarello
Portugal Chicharro-do-alto
United Kingdom Horse mackerel
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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