Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Scombridae
(Mackerels, tunas, bonitos) > Scombrinae
Etymology: Rastrelliger: Latin, rastra = rake + Latin, gero = to carry.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 150 - ? m. Tropical; 28°N - 19°S, 79°E - 170°E (Ref. 168)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 168); max. published weight: 750 g (Ref. 168)
(total): 8 - 11;
soft rays: 12;
Vertebrae: 31. Head longer than body depth. Maxilla covered by lachrymal bone. Swim bladder present. Interpelvic process small and single. Anal spine rudimentary. Bristles on longest gill raker, 30 to 55 on one side. Gill rakers do not extend far into mouth. A black blotch behind pectoral fin base. The belly is yellowish silver; 2 to 6 large spots are at the base of the first dorsal fin; tow faint stripes are at the level of the lateral line in some specimens.
Indo-West Pacific: India to Fiji, north to Taiwan.
Epipelagic, neritic species, occurring in waters where surface temperatures do not fall below 17°C. Forms schools of equally sized individuals. Feeds on the largest zooplankton organisms, thus complementing the planktonic food spectrum of the other two Rastrelliger species.
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.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00978 (-0.15277 - 0.17234), b=3.05054 (2.96359 - 3.13750), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=1.45).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .