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Author: Cadenat, 1949

Trachurus trecae Cadenat, 1949

Diagnosis: dorsal accessory lateral line terminating below spines 1-6 of dorsal fin. Gillrakers (including rudiments) 37-45 on lower limb of first gill arch. Shoulder girdle (cleithrum) margin smooth, without papillae. Dorsal fin VIII + I + 28-33; anal fin II + I + 24-29; distance between ultimate and penultimate rays of anal fin no more than 1.5 times distance between preceding rays. Scales in curved lateral line 35- 43, expanded dorsolaterally and scute-like (maximum height of scales 2.0-2.9% of SL); in straight lateral line 33-38 scutes; total scales and scutes 71-78. Colour: small black opercular spot on edge near upper angle; upper part of body and head nearly black or grey to bluish-green; lower two-thirds of body and head usually paler, whitish to silvery. Size: to at least 35 cm fork length.

Habitat: usually occurs near bottom (15-22° C) in 20-100 m, also pelagic and near surface at times; a schooling species. Food: primarily crustaceans. Reproduction: see family.

Distribution: reported from Morocco (rare); generally along African coast from Mauritania to Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Cunene horse-mackerel (Trachurus trecae)