Bigeye scad

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Bigeye scad
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Carangidae
Subfamily: Coregoninae
Genus: Selar
Species: S. crumenophthalmus
Binomial name
Selar crumenophthalmus
(Bloch, 1793)

The bigeye scad (Selar crumenophthalmus) is an oceanic fish found in tropical regions around the globe. Other common names include mas bango, akule, chicharro, charrito ojón, purse-eye scad, coulirou, and goggle-eyed scad. The bigeye scad is fished commercially and is important in aquaculture.

Philometra selaris (Nematoda, Philometridae), a parasite of the ovary of the bigeye scad. SEM.

The bigeye scad is blue-green or green on its back and sides and white on the underside. It grows to about 15 inches (38 cm) long and feeds on small invertebrates, fish larvae, and zooplankton. It is a schooling fish, it is mostly nocturnal, and it prefers clean, clear insular waters.

The bigeye scad is valued in Maldivian cuisine where it is known as mushimas and commonly eaten in garudhiya or fried.[1]

Parasites of the bigeye scad include the philometrid nematode Philometra selaris, which lives inside the ovary of the females.[2]


  1. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom, Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
  2. ^ Moravec, F. & Justine, J.-L. 2014: Philometrids (Nematoda: Philometridae) in carangid and serranid fishes off New Caledonia, including three new species. Parasite, 21, 21. doi:10.1051/parasite/2014022

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