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Cero

Scomberomorus regalis

Mackerel Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Cero


Common Name(s):
Cero, Spotted Cero, Black-Spotted Spanish Mackerel
Description:
The Cero Mackerel is iridescent bluish green above and silvery below. The Cero has yellow spots along its side, but it also has a distinct dark line that runs the length of its body from the pectoral fin to the base of the tail. The pectoral fins are covered with small scales.
Similar Fish:
Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel
Feeding Habits:
Cero Mackerel feed mainly on small schooling fish, such as sardines, anchovies, pilchards, herring, and silversides, as well as squid and shrimp.
Range:
Found in tropical and subtropical waters in the western Atlantic, Cero Mackerel range from Massachusetts to Brazil; they are common to abundant throughout the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Antilles, and Cuba.
Habitat:
The Cero Mackerel is a near-shore and offshore resident. They prefer clear waters around coral reefs and wrecks, and are usually solitary or travels in small groups.
Typical Size:
Cero Mackeral averages one to five pounds, but 10-pounders are not rare. The maximum approaches 20 pounds.
World Record:
17 pounds, 2 ounces (IGFA)