Japanese Spanish mackerel

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Japanese Spanish mackerel
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scombriformes
Family: Scombridae
Genus: Scomberomorus
S. niphonius
Binomial name
Scomberomorus niphonius
(Cuvier, 1832)
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  • Cybium niphonium Cuvier, 1832
  • Sawara niphonia (Cuvier, 1832)
  • Cybium gracile Günther, 1873

The Japanese Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus niphonius), also known as the Japanese seerfish, is a species of true mackerel in the scombrid family (Scombridae).[2] Their maximum reported length is 100 cm, and the maximum reported weight is 10.57 kg.[3]


Japanese Spanish mackerel is an important species for fisheries in east Asia. South Korea is the country reporting the biggest annual catches, followed by Japan and Taiwan. These added to a relatively modest total catch of about 56,000 tonnes in 2009. However, China reports very large catches of unidentified seerfish (Scomberomorus spp., fluctuating around 400,000 tonnes in 2000–2009), without reporting catches of any single Scomberomorus species.[4] It is likely that these catches include a significant proportion of Japanese Spanish mackerel.

Capture of Japanese Spanish mackerel in tonnes from 1950 to 2009 [5]
Japanese Spanish mackerel on sale in Yuhuan, China

As food[edit]

Japanese Spanish mackerel is commonly served grilled or pan-fried in Korea as samchi-gui (food). Japanese Spanish mackerel is often served as sushi, under the Japanese name sawara.


  1. ^ Collette, B.; Chang, S.-K.; Di Natale, A.; Fox, W.; Juan Jorda, M.; Nelson, R. & Uozumi, Y. (2011). "Scomberomorus niphonius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T170356A6767322. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T170356A6767322.en.
  2. ^ "Scomberomorus niphonius (Cuvier, 1832)". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. ^ "IGFA Records". Archived from the original on February 11, 2016.
  4. ^ FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) (2011). Yearbook of fishery and aquaculture statistics 2009. Capture production (PDF). Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. p. 230.
  5. ^ Scomberomorus niphonius (Cuvier, 1831) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved 2 March 2012.