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Saltwater Fish Identification

Cero
Scomberomorus regalis


   
Common Name(s):

Cero, Spotted Cero, Black-Spotted Spanish Mackerel

Description:

The Cero Mackerel is iridescent bluish green above and silvery below. The Cero has yellow spots along its side, but it also has a distinct dark line that runs the length of its body from the pectoral fin to the base of the tail. The pectoral fins are covered with small scales.

Similar Fish:

Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel

Feeding Habits:

Cero Mackerel feed mainly on small schooling fish, such as sardines, anchovies, pilchards, herring, and silversides, as well as squid and shrimp.

Range:

Found in tropical and subtropical waters in the western Atlantic, Cero Mackerel range from Massachusetts to Brazil; they are common to abundant throughout the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Antilles, and Cuba.

Habitat:

The Cero Mackerel is a near-shore and offshore resident. They prefer clear waters around coral reefs and wrecks, and are usually solitary or travels in small groups.

Typical Size:

Cero Mackeral averages one to five pounds, but 10-pounders are not rare. The maximum approaches 20 pounds.

World Record:

17 pounds, 2 ounces (IGFA)


 



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