| Ecological Descriptors
Heavily scaled with broad caudal peduncle (cf Scads). Irridescent blue-green on back, with faint dark longitudinal lines. Silver on sides with large scales. Orange spot behind top corner of operculum. 3-4 narrow orange stripes along body. Tips of front dorsal rays dark. Snout tip is yellow/ orange.
This pelagic, schooling species occurs in coastal waters, lagoons, mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and coral reefs . It occurs in turbid waters along the mainland coast as well as in clear waters of insular coral reef habitats. Schools of juveniles are often found along sandy beaches. It is often found in polluted areas. It is a nocturnal predator, feeds on copepods, larvae and juveniles of decapods, fishes, and stomatopods. Depth 0-10m (--30ft)?
It has multiple spawnings per season. Size at maturity is 9.3 cm (male) and 9.6 cm. Most individuals mature at age one year (8-13 cm), and all are mature by age two. This is a short-lived species with a fast growth rate