Body slender, cylindrical, with the spinous dorsal fin separated from soft dorsal by a distinct gap containing short isolated, or buried spines; last rays of dorsal and anal fins noticeably longer than preceding rays. Silvery or olive grey to dark blue above, rosy pink on sides and pinkish white below; fins pinkish. To 36 cm.
This species often schools with Pilchards or Mackerel, and is used commercially as fish meal.
Usually offshore, in depths of 11-600 m.
New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and nearby oceanic islands. Southern Australia. In Victoria, rare in Port Phillip.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed