Animal Species:Barred Yellowtail Scad, Atule mate

The Barred Yellowtail Scad is a relatively slender carangid fish with a dark spot on the margin of the operculum. 

Barred Yellowtail Scad adipose eyelid

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Standard Common Name

Barred Yellowtail Scad

Alternative Name/s

Northern Yellowtail Scad, Yellowtail Scad

Identification

With the exception of a narrow vertical slit, the entire eye and much of the surrounding region of the head is covered by adipose tissue.  The dorsal and caudal fins are dusky greenish yellow.

Size range

30 cm

Distribution

It has an Indo-Pacific distribution.  In Australia it is known from tropical marine waters of Western Australian, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Atule mate

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Barred Yellowtail Scad specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
mate
Genus:
Atule
Family:
Carangidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557..


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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