The Yellowtail Scad can be recognised by its silvery colour, tinged with green or brown dorsally, and yellow tail. It is often caught from wharves by anglers.
The species is recognised by its silvery colour, tinged with green or brown dorsally, and yellow tail. It has a distinct dark spot on the rear margin of the operculum. It has enlarged scales, called scutes along the entire lateral line. The pectoral fin is sickle-shaped, or falcate, the caudal peduncle is very shallow and the tail is strongly forked.
It lives in a range of habitats from the surface to 500 m.
The Yellowtail Scad is a common schooling species of Australia's southern marine waters from Wide Bay, Queensland to north-west Cape, Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.Ozcam map of Yellowtail Scad specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Trachurus%20novaezelandiae&zoom=off#mapView
The Yellowtail Scad is often caught from wharves by anglers.
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