Indo-Pacific king mackerel

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Indo-Pacific king mackerel
Scomberomorus guttatus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scombriformes
Family: Scombridae
Genus: Scomberomorus
Species: S. guttatus
Binomial name
Scomberomorus guttatus
(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Synonyms
  • Cybium crookewitii Bleeker, 1851
  • Cybium guttatum, (Bloch & Schneider 1801)
  • Cybium interruptum Cuvier 1832
  • Cybium kuhlii, Cuvier 1832
  • Indocybium guttatum, (Bloch & Schneider 1801)
  • Scomber guttatus, Bloch & Schneider 1801
  • Scomber leopardus, Shaw 1803
  • Scomberomorus crookewiti, (Bleeker 1851)
  • Scomberomorus guttatum, (Bloch & Schneider 1801)
  • Scomberomorus interruptus, (Cuvier 1832)
  • Scomberomorus kuhlii, (Cuvier 1832)
  • Scomberomous guttatum, (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

Indo-Pacific king mackerel or popularly (spotted) seer fish (Scomberomorus guttatus) is a sea fish among the mackerel variety of fishes. It is found in around the Indian Ocean and adjoining seas.It is a popular game fish, growing up to 45 kg (100 lb), and is a strong fighter that has on occasion been seen to leap out of the water when hooked. It is excellent tablefare and is primarily caught by sportfishers trolling with plugs (Rapala or Stretch 25+, 30+) or feathers/jigs, and on 30 lbf (130 N) tackle it is extremely sporting. At times it is possible to catch more than one by casting silver spoons or pirks when one is hooked while trolling.

It is very popular among the countries of the Indian subcontinent including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is a fairly expensive fish that is considered a delicacy in most places. In addition to being cooked and eaten when fresh, it is also used to make fish pickle, usually eaten as a condiment with rice.

Fisheries[edit]

Commercial capture of Indo-Pacific king mackerel in tonnes from 1950 to 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collette, B.; Di Natale, A.; Fox, W.; Juan Jorda, M. & Nelson, R. (2011). "Scomberomorus guttatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T170311A6742170. Retrieved 3 May 2018.