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School mackerel

Other namesDoggy mackerel
Scientific nameScomberomorus queenslandicus
Size Range
  • Common length — 50–80cm
  • Maximum length — 100cm
Size limits on takesMinimum size 50cm
Possession limits on takespossession limit 10
Description
  • silver-grey body
  • sides of adult have about three indefinite rows of indistinct bronze-grey blotches (each a little larger than the eye)
  • the sides of juveniles do not have blotches (until over 9.5 cm in length)
  • first dorsal fin has a black membrane and large contrasting areas of intense white between sixth and last spine
  • second dorsal fin and finlets are pearly grey with darker margins
  • caudal fins are pearly grey with darker margins
  • pelvic fins are white
  • anal fin and finlets are white
  • pectoral fins are grey, darker on inner
Frequent MisidentificationSpotted mackerel

Features that distinguish school mackerel from spotted mackerel:
� sides of adult - about three rows of poorly defined bronze-grey blotches
� first dorsal fin - membrane is jet black with a large contrasting areas of intense white between sixth and last spine
� first dorsal fin - 16-18 spines (usually 17)
� pectoral fins - greyish, and darker on the inner surface
Distribution
  • along the Queensland coast
  • inshore waters, bays and estuaries