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Genus: Decapterus, Scad Jack, Scads

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elongate, cylindrical
1 finlet behind D
LL: extension - nape only
pectoral < head
LL: scutes tail base only



Head and body elongate, slender, cylindrical; eye covered with adipose eyelid except for central slit; front of shoulder that meets gill chamber with 2 moderate sized papillae; 1 isolated finlet behind dorsal and anal fins; pectorals of adults shorter than head; tail base slender; tail strongly forked; scales on straight part of lateral line forming scutes (hard, spiny plates); branches of lateral line extending onto nape only.

A circumtropical genus with 12 species; 2 circumtropical and 1 Pan-Atlantic species in our region.