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Round Scad: Decapterus punctatus

Appearance:

Also known as cigar minnow and hardtail.

  • Greenish-blue fading to silver on sides and a white belly
  • Long, cigar-shaped body
  • Small black spots along lateral line
  • Detached dorsal and anal finlets
  • Narrow yellow stripe from head to tail

Similar Species: Bigeye scad, S. crumenophthalmus (lacks finlets)

Size: Up to 12 inches; common to 7 inches 

Habitat:

Found mid-water or near the bottom, juveniles sometimes at surface.

Behavior:

Feed on plankton. Spawn offshore throughout the year.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

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