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