Atule mate

Yellowtail scad TUM
Characteristic features:

Bright olive green above; yellowish green laterally and whitish below. 9 or 10 faint grey bars wider than pale interspaces; a black blotch smaller than the eye is located on the upper operculum. Dorsal and caudal fins yellow.


Up to 30 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coastal waters including estuaries and mangroves, from the surface to 50 m.


Feeds primarily on planktonic invertebrates and crustaceans. Occurs in schools. Size at maturity is estimated to be between 15.0 and 17.0 cm.1, 2 Age at maturity is estimated at 18 months.3 Maximum age recorded is 3.5 years.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by bottom trawling, traps and hook-and-line.

Similar species:

Alepes spp.

Alepes kleinii
Alepes kleinii

Alepes spp. differ in having a fleshy adipose eyelid well developed posteriorly only, with most of the anterior part of eye exposed (vs. fleshy adipose eyelid completely covering eye except for a vertical slit centred on pupil).

External links:
  1. Clarke TA. Reproductive Biology and Egg Abundance of the Yellowtail Scad or’Omaka, Atule mate (Carangidae), in Kane’ohe Bay, Hawai’i. 1996; Available from:
  2. Joseph MM, Jayaprakash AA, Mohamad Kasim H. Carangids. In: Status Of Exploited Marine Fishery Resources Of India [Internet]. 2003. p. 66–75. Available from:
  3. Watarai LT. Growth Rate of a Carangid Fish, the Omaka Caranx mate, in Hawaii. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society [Internet]. 1973;102(3):617–20.