Herring Scad, Alepes vari (Cuvier 1833)

Other Names: Trevally Scad

Herring Scad, Alepes vari, in Southeast Asia, December 2012. Source: Keith Wilson / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Alepes vari in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Feb 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/4255

Herring Scad, Alepes vari (Cuvier 1833)

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Montebello Islands, Western Australia, to south of Cooktown, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical Indo-west Pacific from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf to Korea and the Ryukyu Islands, south to northern Australia and New Caledonia.
Forms dense pelagic schools on clear inner coral reefs, often swimming near the surface.


Feeds mostly on crustaceans and small fishes.

Species Citation

Caranx vari Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1833, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 9: 48. Type locality: Pondicherry, India. 


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Herring Scad, Alepes vari (Cuvier 1833)


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CAAB Code:37337067

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Epipelagic, coastal waters

Max Size:56 cm TL

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