Color of back iridescent bluish green, sides silvery; streamlined
body with tapered head; no black pigment on front of the first
dorsal fin; lateral line starts high and drops sharply below
the second dorsal fin; young fish often have yellowish spots
like those of spanish mackerel.
fish: Cero, S. regalis;
Spanish mackerel, S. maculatus
found: Nearshore and Offshore, occasionally taken from
piers running into deep water. Also taken off reefs and ledges.
Common to 20 pounds.
Schooling fish that migrates from south Florida waters
in winter to more northerly waters in spring; Gulf population
thought to be separate from Atlantic population; with considerable
mixing in winter from Cape Canaveral past Key West; spawns
in midsummer Offshore; feeds on small fish and squid.