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Frigate mackerel

Auxis thazard

(Image credit: Nigel Stinger)

Migratory species with worldwide distribution, usually associated with warmer waters. Light underside with a pattern of about 15 narrow, oblique dark wavy lines above the lateral line.

Length: Up to 60 cm


Oceanic in all tropical and sub-tropical waters; 50-200 m depth

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It's distribution might show it as widespread....but we need more information on the frigate mackerel - so please log if spotted in Tasmanian waters!

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 3

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