| Ecological Descriptors
Bluish green on back, silver below, with a narrow bronze or olive stripe from snout tip to tail base. Narrow caudal peduncle (helps distinguish all Scads from various Herrings etc) Deeply forked tail. Usually has a small black blotch on top corner of operculum. membrane at front of roof of mouth clear to grey. Has a row of small black spots along curved part of lateral line. Caudal fin amber, or dusky.
A shoaling fish found from 0-110m (0 to 340ft) in neritic (near coast) waters, often near sandy beaches. Feeds on planktonic invertebrates, primarily copepods, but also on gastropod larvae, ostracods and pteropods.
Spawning occurs well offshore year-round. Eggs are pelagic.