Barred Queenfish, Scomberoides tala (Cuvier 1832)

Other Names: Deep Leatherskin

Barred Queenfish, Scomberoides tala. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A relatively deep-bodied queenfish with a row of vertically elongate blotches or short bars crossing the lateral line in adults, a dusky dorsal-fin lobe, a yellowish pectoral fin, a white pelvic fin, and the upper jaw extending slightly beyond the rear margin of the eye.

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Barred Queenfish, Scomberoides tala (Cuvier 1832)

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Dampier, Western Australia, to the Fitzroy River, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin VI-VII +I, 19-21; Anal fin II-I, 17-19; Gill rakers 1-3 + 7-11 = 11-15; Vertebrae 10+16=26.
Body oblong, strongly compressed, covered with small lanceolate scales; hind tip of upper jaw extending slightly beyond a vertical through hind margin of eye; teeth in inner row of lower jaw distinctly larger than those in outer row. 


Taken in subsistence fisheries in parts of its range.

Species Citation

Chorinemus tala Cuvier, in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1832, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 8: 377. Typelocality: Malabar, India.


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Barred Queenfish, Scomberoides tala (Cuvier 1832)


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CAAB Code:37337045

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-20 m

Habitat:Pelagic, coastal waters

Max Size:70 cm TL

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