Bigeye Scad: Selar crumenophthalmus


Also known as goggle-eye.

  • Eye very large, diameter greater than snout length
  • No detached dorsal and anal finlets
  • Two fleshy tabs on inside of rear edge of gill chamber
  • Scutes present only on rear part of lateral line

Similar Species: Round scad, D. punctatus (has detached dorsal and anal finlets)

Size: Up to 24 inches 


Prefers clear oceanic waters.


Usually nocturnal and feed at night on invertebrates and plankton.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
In the past, snook were known as "soapfish" when some sections of the "soapy" tasting skin were left on the fillets due to poor cleaning practices.

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