To 110 cm, rarely 190 cm*.
Mediterranean Sea, southern England to South Africa*
from 10 to 335 meters*
The adult specimens form small groups or they live solitarily*.
species is frequently confused with S.
carpenteri (Mediterranean amberjack)
swim close to the coast, hunting for fish they capture in
lightning fast attacks*.
(*)MEDITERRANEAN AND ATLANTIC Fish guide (Helmut Debelius
Considered as a
valuable food source in our territory, it is hunted with long
fishing lines from mid spring till the end of summer.
The common name of the fish in our country (Mayatiko) refers to its
seasonal harvesting and it means that it is commonly found
during May. The specimen in the photo was found along
with another individuals in a reef complex, very near to the
coastal line of Kini Bay, feeding on fishes. The photo was
taken with natural light (no flash). The photo also shows the
underwater vegetation consisting mainly of Posidonia oceanica.
Many thanks to K. Boukas,
member of the Nautical, Ecological and Cultural Association of
Kini bay for the underwater photo.