Scomberomorus concolor (Lockington, 1879)
Monterey Spanish mackerel
Scomberomorus concolor
photo by Kira, G.

Family:  Scombridae (Mackerels, tunas, bonitos), subfamily: Scombrinae
Max. size:  77 cm FL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 3,600.0 g
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range - 15 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: endemic to the northern Gulf of California.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 15-18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20; Anal soft rays: 19-23; Vertebrae: 46-48. Interpelvic process small and bifid. Swim bladder absent. Lateral line gradually curving down toward caudal peduncle. Intestine with 2 folds and 3 limbs. Males with no streaks or spots while females have two alternate series of brown spots on sides. Body entire covered with small scales, no anterior corselet.
Biology:  It is now extinct outside the Gulf of California. Supports a commercial net fishery close inshore, in estuaries and coastal marshes (Ref. 9987). Its biology is almost completely unknown. This fishery operates on a relict of the original population.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 19 February 2011 (A4cd) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 10.09.08
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 05.03.94

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