Selaroides leptolepis (Cuvier, 1833)
Yellowstripe scad
Yellowstripe Scad,  金邊,  Gold-line scad
Selaroides leptolepis
photo by Greenfield, J.

Family:  Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos), subfamily: Caranginae
Max. size:  22 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 625.0 g
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 50 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf to the Philippines, north to Japan, south to the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819) and Australia (Ref. 3287).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 24-26; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 21-23. Description: Dorsal metallic blue, ventral silvery white; stripe yellow broad from eye upper margin to caudal peduncle; opercle edge with spot black, large. Body elongate, oblong, compressed; profiles dorsal less convex than ventral. Eyes very large, shorter than snout length; adipose eyelid well developed, covering eye posterior part. Upper jaw strongly protractile. Breast scaled. LL curved part shorter than straight part 0.6-0.8 times; LL scales are on straight part; LL scutes 24-29, small. Cleithrum smooth without papillae. Pectoral fins falcate; anal fins first two spines detached. (Ref. 2334. 90102)
Biology:  Adults occur in inshore waters of the continental shelf (Ref. 7300). They form large demersal schools over soft bottom habitats at depths shallower than 50 m. Sometimes they ascend into freshwater reaches like the freshwater tidal zone in the Mekong delta (Ref. 12693). Ostracods, gastropods and euphausiids are common prey but small fish are also taken.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Reported from Tung Ping Chau (Ref. 119714, 125586) and Hoi Ha Wan (Ref. 119713). Juveniles also reported from Lai Chi Chong (Ref. 125536). The species was observed on 101 to 200 occasions during 400 dive surveys on artificial reefs (Ref. 119494). Sold in live fish markets (Ref. 125552). Also Ref. 94637.


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