Tag: Ox-Eye Scad (Selar boops)

Ox-Eye Scad (Selar boops), are one of only two members of the genus Selar, which in turn is one of 30 genera within the family of Jacks, Pompanos, Horse Mackerels and Scads Carangidae.

They can be found at both shallow, inshore locations such as Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef at the north of and some of the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock and South West Pinnacles.

Wherever they are present, they tend to be found in large, tightly grouped shoals, making them excellent photo subjects and great fun to swim into as they separate and regroup as you move through them.

They are reasonably similar in appearance to other schooling species such as various species of Fusilier (Caesionidae) and also the Big-Eye Snapper (Lutjanus lutjanus), all of which tend to share a characteristic horizontal yellow band on an overall silvery body.

Ox-Eye Scad (Selar boops), are one of only two members of the genus Selar, which in turn is one of 30 genera within the family of Jacks, Pompanos, Horse Mackerels and Scads Carangidae.

They can be found at both shallow, inshore locations such as Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef at the north of and some of the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock and South West Pinnacles.

Wherever they are present, they tend to be found in large, tightly grouped shoals, making them excellent photo subjects and great fun to swim into as they separate and regroup as you move through them.

They are reasonably similar in appearance to other schooling species such as various species of Fusilier (Caesionidae) and also the Big-Eye Snapper (Lutjanus lutjanus), all of which tend to share a characteristic horizontal yellow band on an overall silvery body.

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Ox-Eye Scad (Selar Boops)

The resident shoal of Ox-Eye Scad (Selar Boops) at Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef, at the north of Koh Phangan.

This large shoal can be found on most dives at the north end of the reef and along the south side of Koh Ma island.
The seem to prefer this location and rarely stray far from here.