Scomber australasicus (blue mackerel)
Title : Scomber australasicus Cuv. et Val.
Creator: Griffin, L. T, (Louis Thomas Griffin) artist
The blue mackerel (Scomber australasicus), also called Japanese mackerel, Pacific mackerel, slimy mackerel or spotted chub mackerel, is a fish of the family Scombridae, found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific Ocean from Japan south to Australia and New Zealand, in the eastern Pacific (Hawaii and Socorro Island, Mexico), and the Indo-West Pacific: the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Gulf of Aden, in surface waters down to 200 m. Blue mackerels are often mistaken for chub mackerel. In fact, blue mackerel were believed to be a subspecies of chub mackerel until the late 1980s.
Species: Scomber australasicus Cuvier, 1832
- Scomber tapeinocephalus Bleeker, 1854
- Scomber antarcticus Castelnau, 1872