One of three species of the genus Trachurus found along the southern coast. The three are difficult to distinguish. All have strong scutes in the straight part of the lateral line, and some scutes in the curved part, long falcate pectoral fins, an additional lateral line just below the dorsal fin base to the beginning of the second dorsal fin; anterior raised part of the lateral line parallel to the body margin, accessory lateral line below base of dorsal fin terminating below 1st-5th (usually 1st-2nd) segmented rays. Black, grey or blue-green above, blending paler below the midline, with grey fins; a black spot dorsally on hind margin of gill cover. To 70 cm.
These planktivores form large schools of individuals.
From surface waters to depth of 200 m.
Eastern Pacific to New Zealand. Southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed