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  • 3-4 rows orange spots, no stripe
    D1: front 1/3 black
    D2 15-19, usually 18 or less
    Scomberomorus brasiliensis, Sierra spanish mackerel
    gill rakers 11-16
    pectoral not scaled
    LL gradually curves to tail base
  • adult - no spots
    D1: front not black
    Scomberomorus cavalla, King mackerel
    gill rakers 6-11
    pectoral not scaled
    LL dips abruptly under D2
  • 3-4 rows small, round orange spots, no stripe
    D1: front 1/3 black
    D2 17-20, usually 18 or more
    Scomberomorus maculatus, Atlantic spanish mackerel
    gill rakers 11-16
    pectoral fin not scaled
    LL gradually curves to tail base
  • orange spots above & below orange stripe
    D1: front 1/3 black
    gill rakers 12-18
    pectoral scaled
    LL gradually curves to tail base