Megalaspis cordyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Torpedo scad
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos), subfamily: Caranginae
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 4,000.0 g
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 20 - 100 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Japan and Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 16-17. Description: Bluish grey to green dorsally; shading to silvery on side and belly; dark fins. Opercle with large black spot on upper rear edge (Ref. 2334). Body elongate and subcylindrical, slightly compressed; caudal peduncle strongly compressed with distinct median keel; breast scaleless ventrally (Ref. 90102). LL scutes 51-59, strong and very large. Anal fin with 2 detached spines (Ref. 2334). Numerous dorsal and anal finlets are distinct (Ref. 37816). Adipose eyelid completely covering eye except for vertical slit at middle of pupil (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults are primarily oceanic, pelagic schooling species rarely seen on reefs (Ref. 48635, 90102). They feed mainly on fishes (Ref. 5213). Generally marketed fresh (Ref. 5284).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 12.07.13
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 09.02.94

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