Description: color of back iridescent bluish green; sides
silvery, streamlined body with tapered head; no black pigment on
front of dorsal fin; lateral line starts high and drops sharply
below the second dorsal fin; young fish often have yellow spots
like those of the Spanish mackerel.
cero, S. regalis; Spanish mackerel, S. maculatus.
NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, occasionally taken from piers running
into deep water.
Size: common to
schooling fish that migrates fom south Florida waters in winter
to more northerly waters in spring; Gulf population thought to
be separate from Atlantic population, with considerable mixing
in winter from Cape Canaveral past Key West; spawns in midsummer
OFFSHORE; feeds on small fish and squid.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.