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Cero Mackerel

Scomberomorus regalis

Description: Color of back iridescent bluish green; sides silvery; yellow spots forming lines above and below a bronze stripe from pectoral fin to base of the tail; front of first dorsal is bluish black; lateral line curves gradually to base of caudal fin.

Similar Fish: Spanish mackeral, S. maculatus; king mackeral, S. cavalla.

Where Found: Nearshore and offshore fish occurring mainly in south Florida, especially over coral reefs and wrecks.

Size: Common to 5 pounds.

Remarks: Unlike other mackerels, does not stray far from south Florida waters; spawns offshore in mid summer; feeds on small fish and squid.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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