Indian mackerel

The Indian mackerel is a species of mackerel in the scombrid family of order Perciformes. It is commonly found in the Indian and West Pacific oceans, and their surrounding seas. It is an important food fish and is commonly used in South and South-East Asian cuisine.

The body of the Indian mackerel is moderately deep, and the head is longer than the body depth. The maxilla is partly concealed, covered by the lacrimal bone, but extend till around the hind margin of the eye. These fish have thin dark longitudinal bands on the upper part of the body, which may be golden on fresh specimens. There is also a black spot on the body near the lower margin of the pectoral fin.

The Indian mackerel is generally found in shallow, coastal waters, where the surface water temperature is at least 17 °C (63 °F). Adults of this species are found in coastal bays, harbors and deep lagoons. They are commonly found in turbid waters rich in plankton.

 

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