Selar boops

Oxeye Scad LRO
Characteristic features:

Blue green dorsally grading to silvery white below; a narrow yellow stripe usually on sides from edge of opercle to caudal peduncle.


Up to 26 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coastal waters, frequently over soft bottoms or seagrass beds and occasionally rocky reefs, from 20 to 100 m depth.


Feeds primarily on planktonic and benthic invertebrates. Occurs in schools and forms large aggregations sometimes with Selar crumenophthalmus. Little else is known regarding the biology or ecology of this species.

Indonesian fisheries:

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

Similar species:

Selar crumenophthalmus
Bigeye scad

Selar crumenophthalmus

Selar crumenophthalmus differs in having 48–56 scales in curved part of lateral line (vs. 21–24 scales); moderate sized scutes on caudal peduncle (vs. large scutes) and curved part of lateral line roughly equal to straight part, 0.7 to 1.2 times in straight part (vs. 2.1 to 3 times in straight part).

Selaroides leptolepis
Yellowstripe scad

Selaroides leptolepis

Selaroides leptolepis differs in having an adipose eyelid moderately developed on posterior half of eye (vs. adipose eyelid completely covering eye except for a vertical slit centred on pupil); prominent black opercular spot, merging on shoulder (vs. a small, elongate blackish opercular spot) and a shoulder girdle margin, under operculum, smooth and without papillae (vs. with 2 papillae).

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