Animal Species:Finny Scad, Megalaspis cordyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

The Finny Scad can be recognised by the long pectoral fin, by the prominent scutes and large black spot on the top of the operculum (gill cover). It is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Finny Scad

Alternative Name/s

Finletted Mackerel Scad, Hardtail Scad, Torpedo Scad

Identification

The Finny Scad is a streamlined, countershaded fish which resembles other fishes in the Family Carangidae (trevallies, scads etc). The Finny Scad can be recognised by the long pectoral fin, by the prominent scutes (51-59) on the straight part of the lateral line on the side of the body, by the large black spot on the top of the operculum (gill cover) by the dorsal (7-9) and anal (8-10) finlets, and by the adipose eyelid which covers the pupil except a narrow vertical slit over the pupil.

Size range

The species grows to 80 cm in length.

Distribution

The Finny Scad has a wide distribution in the Indo-Pacific.

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

Megalaspis cordyla

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Finny Scad specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
cordyla
Genus:
Megalaspis
Family:
Carangidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Edition 2. Crawford House Publishing. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Finny Scad, Megalaspis cordyla, Carangidae, long pectoral fin, prominent scutes, black spot, dots/spots, Finletted Mackerel Scad, Hardtail Scad, Torpedo Scad, countershaded, 30 cm - 1 m, marine,