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Scomberomorus sinensis  (Lacepède, 1800)

Chinese seerfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Scombridae (Mackerels, tunas, bonitos) > Scombrinae
Etymology: Scomberomorus: Latin, scomber = mackerel + Greek, moros = silly, stupid (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; pelagic-neritic; amphidromous; depth range 10 - ? m.   Subtropical; 41°N - 14°S, 102°E - 140°E (Ref. 168)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 247 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83530); common length : 100.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27773); max. published weight: 131.00 g (Ref. 83530)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 16 - 19; Vertebrae: 41 - 42. Interpelvic process small and bifid. Body covered with small scales. Lateral line abruptly curving down below first dorsal fin. Intestine with 2 folds and 3 limbs. Swim bladder present. Sides silvery with large round, indistinct spots in two poorly defined rows in adults. Juveniles with saddle-like blotches extending down to about middle of body.

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Pacific: Akita, Honshu, Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea and China south to Vietnam and Cambodia where it enters the Mekong River.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Travels 300 km up the Mekong River, above Phnom Penh but believed to reproduce only in marine waters. Feeds on fishes and swims well upstream river because of easy food availability (Ref. 12693). No information on biology available (Ref. 9684). It is a prized food fish in Japan and probably in China as well. Utilized fresh, dried or salted and smoked; consumed pan-fried, broiled and baked (Ref. 9987).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Collette, Bruce B. | Collaborators

Collette, B.B. and C.E. Nauen, 1983. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 2. Scombrids of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of tunas, mackerels, bonitos and related species known to date. Rome: FAO. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(2):137 p. (Ref. 168)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.5   ±0.80 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100) .
very high
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.