Megalaspis cordyla

Torpedo scad HAS
Characteristic features:

Head and back bluish grey, sides and belly silver; large black opercular spot; fins pale to dusky.


Up to 80 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Pelagic in inshore waters from 20 to 100 m depth.


Feeds primarily on dishes, crustaceans, mollusks, polychaetes and squids. Forms schools.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by hook-and-line, with beach seines, trawls, purse seines, and traps.

Similar species:

Megalaspis cordyla is distinct from other carangid species and is easily identified by having a combination of very long pectoral fins, very large scutes extending from caudal peduncle to rear of first dorsal fin, finlets present and a large black opercular spot.

Tunas & Mackerels


Scombrid species differ in having no scutes present on sides of body (vs. very large scutes).

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