Papuan Seerfish, Scomberomorus multiradiatus Munro 1964

Other Names: Papuan Spanish Mackerel
A silvery mackerel with the first dorsal fin black anteriorly and posteriorly along the outer margin, and no spots, blotches or bars on the sides. This is the smallest species of Scomberomorus.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2022, Scomberomorus multiradiatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Apr 2023,

Papuan Seerfish, Scomberomorus multiradiatus Munro 1964

More Info


West of Lesueur Island, Kimberley Coast, Western Australia, to north of Jones Shoal, Arafura Sea, Northern Territory at depths of 2-38m. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Gulf of Papua and the Timor Sea.
Pelagic in oceanic and inshore waters.


Dorsal fin XVI-XIX, 21-25; Anal fin 25-29; Vertebrae 20-21 + 34-36 = 54-56. 
Interpelvic process small and bifid. Lateral line gradually curving down toward caudal peduncle. Intestine with 2 folds and 3 limbs. Swim bladder absent. Body covered with small scales. First dorsal fin black anteriorly and along distal edge posteriorly. Has the most number of vertebrae and anal fin rays in the genus. 


Of minor commercial importance in Papua New Guinea.

Similar Species

This species has the most number of vertebrae and anal-fin rays in the genus.


The specific name multiradiatus is from the Latin multi- (= many) and radiatus (= rayed, with rays) in reference to the higher number of rays in the second dorsal and anal fins compared with other species in the genus Scomberomorus.

Species Citation

Scomberomorus multirdiatus Munro 1964, Papua New Guinea Agricultural Journal 16( 4): 168, Fig. 12. Type locality: Off northern mouth of Fly River, Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Papuan Seerfish, Scomberomorus multiradiatus Munro 1964


Buckworth, R.C. & Clarke, R. 2001. Fishery Assessment Report for the Northern Territory Spanish Mackerel Fishery – 1999: Summary of Assessment Information. In: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (eds), Fishery Report 52. Darwin, Australia.

Collette, B.B. 2001. Scombridae. pp. 3721-3756 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Collette, B., Carpenter, K.E., Di Natale, A., Fox, W., Juan Jorda, M. & Nelson, R. 2011. Scomberomorus multiradiatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T170347A6760831. Accessed on 29 March 2022.

Collette, B.B. & Nauen, C.E. 1983. FAO species catalogue. Scombrids of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of tunas, mackerels, bonitos and related species known to date. Fisheries Synopsis No. 125, Vol. 2. Rome : FAO. 137 pp. 81 figs

Collette, B.B. & Russo, J.L. 1980. Scomberomorus munroi, a new species of Spanish mackerel from Australia and New Guinea. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 31(2): 241-250 figs 1-3

Collette, B.B. & Russo, J.L. 1985. Morphology, systematics, and biology of the Spanish mackerels (Scomberomorus, Scombridae). United States National Marine Fisheries Service Fishery Bulletin 82(4): 545-692 See ref at BHL

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-291

Munro, I.S.R. 1964. Additions to the fish fauna of New Guinea. Papua New Guinea Agricultural Journal 16(4): 141-186.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37441030

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Pelagic, oceanic, inshore

Max Size:35 cm FL

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map