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Cero Mackerel: Scomberomorous regalis

Appearance:

  • Back is bluish-green, fading to silvery sides and belly
  • Sides with silvery-yellow spots, some forming broken lines
  • Yellowish stripe on side extends from pectoral fin to caudal fin
  • Bluish-black blotch on front of first dorsal fin
  • Lateral line slopes gently from behind the gill cover to the tail

Similar Species: Spanish mackerel, S. maculatus (lack yellowish stripe on sides); and king mackerel, S. cavalla (lateral line drops sharply below second dorsal fin)

Size: Up to 36 inches 

Habitat:

Coastal waters, especially over coral reefs and other structure, occurring mainly in south Florida.

Behavior:

Unlike other mackerels, cero mackerels do not stray far from south Florida waters.  They spawn offhshore in midsummer and feed on small fish and squid.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 17 lb 2 oz, caught near Islamorada

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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