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Mediterranean scad

Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated body, fairly compressed. Head large. Maxilla large, wide, not covered by lachrymal. Adipose eyelid well developed. Dorsal accessory lateral line terminating below eighth spine to soft dorsal ray . Colour no distinctive markings except for a small, black opercular spot on edge near upper angle. Upper part of body and top of head dusky to nearly black or grey to bluish green; lower two thirds of body and head usually paler, whitish to silvery; caudal fin yellowish. Size: reaches 60 cm.

FAO code
Trachurus mediterraneus
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
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Mittelmeerstöcker
France Severau
Italy Suro o Sugarello
Portugal Carapau-do-Mediterrâneo
United Kingdom Mediterranean scad
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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