Tag: Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus)

The Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) is one of the largest and most easily recognised members of the Carangidae family found in local waters.

Attaining a maximum length of around 120cm, the Talang Queenfish has a number of distinctive characteristics which assist in identification.

As with many of the Queenfish, this species has a single row of dark blotches running along the upper edge of the lateral line.

Perhaps its most distinctive feature is its relatively small head and upward sloping mouth.

There is a row of prominent scutes originating from behind the dorsal fin on the upper edge, and the anal fin on the lower edge which terminate at the large, crescent-shaped caudal (tail) fin.

Although the body colouration is predominantly silver, the upper dorsal area, dorsal fin and upper lobe of the caudal fin may have a dusky yellow/olive appearance, particularly on younger individuals.

Talang Queenfish are fairly common at most local dive sites, particularly the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacles where juveniles and small adults tend to form small schools whilst the larger mature adults are often found in pairs or small groups.

The Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) is one of the largest and most easily recognised members of the Carangidae family found in local waters.

Attaining a maximum length of around 120cm, the Talang Queenfish has a number of distinctive characteristics which assist in identification.

As with many of the Queenfish, this species has a single row of dark blotches running along the upper edge of the lateral line.

Perhaps its most distinctive feature is its relatively small head and upward sloping mouth.

There is a row of prominent scutes originating from behind the dorsal fin on the upper edge, and the anal fin on the lower edge which terminate at the large, crescent-shaped caudal (tail) fin.

Although the body colouration is predominantly silver, the upper dorsal area, dorsal fin and upper lobe of the caudal fin may have a dusky yellow/olive appearance, particularly on younger individuals.

Talang Queenfish are fairly common at most local dive sites, particularly the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacles where juveniles and small adults tend to form small schools whilst the larger mature adults are often found in pairs or small groups.

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A large adult Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) at Sail Rock

A large adult Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) at Sail Rock.