Horse mackerel (or scad) (Trachurus trachurus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandThe horse mackerel has a south-western distribution and can be found in throughout the English Channel, in the Irish Sea as far north as Lancashire and off the south coast of Ireland.
HabitatThe horse mackerel is a pelagic coastal species that may be found on continental shelves down to over 200 m in depth.
- Fairly compressed elongate body up to 60 cm in length.
- Large head.
- Lower jaw projected.
- First dorsal fin tall.
- Second dorsal and anal fins prolonged.
- Black spot on the trailing edge of the gill cover.
Additional informationThe horse mackerel Trachurus trachurus can be easily distinguished from other mackerel by the black spot on the trailing edge of the gill cover (Knijn et al., 1993).
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008