Yellowstripe Scad, Selaroides leptolepis (Cuvier 1833)

Other Names: Smooth-tailed Trevally, Thin-scaled Trevally, Yellowstripe Trevally, Yellow-striped Trevally

Yellowstripe Scad, Selaroides leptolepis, at Bali, Indonesia. Source: Andrey Ryanskiy / FishBase. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


A small scad that inhabits coastal waters, forming large schools over sandy or muddy bottoms.

  • Fleshy eyelid covering rear part of eye only
  • Metallic bluish-green above, silvery white below, with a large black spot on the upper part of the gill cover
  • A bright yellow band from above the rear of the eye to the tail base
  • Teeth absent from upper jaw.

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    Dianne J. Bray, Selaroides leptolepis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024,

    Yellowstripe Scad, Selaroides leptolepis (Cuvier 1833)

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    Widespread in the tropical Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits inshore waters, including estuaries, even entering the lower reaches of rivers. The Yellowstripe Scad usually forms large schools ove sandy or muddy bottoms.


    Carnivore - feeds on a range of invertebrates and small fishes.

    Species Citation

    Caranx leptolepis Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1833, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 9: 63.
    Type locality: Java, Indonesia.


    Dianne J. Bray

    Yellowstripe Scad, Selaroides leptolepis (Cuvier 1833)


    Cuvier, G.L. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1833. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 9 512 pp. pls 246-279 [63].

    Grant, E.M. 2002. Guide to Fishes. Redcliffe : EM Grant Pty Ltd 880 pp.

    Gunn, J.S. 1990. A revision of selected genera of the family Carangidae (Pisces) from Australian waters. Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 12: 1-77

    Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

    Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.

    Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1999. Family Carangidae. pp. 2659-2756 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. 4 2069-2790pp.

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    CAAB Code:37337015

    Behaviour:Forms large schools

    Depth:0-73 m

    Habitat:Inshore, sandy & muddy bottoms

    Max Size:22 cm TL, commonly 15 cmTL

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