The Comparative Osteology of the Scombroid Fishes of the Genus Scomberomorus from Florida
Abstract:Three species of Scomberomorus found in Florida, the Spanish mackerel (S. maculatus), the cero or painted mackerel (S. regalis) and the king mackerel or kingfish (S. cavalla) are the subject of a comparative osteological study. A brief discussion of the possible relationships within the genus and possible relations of Scomberomorus to other genera is presented.
In comparing the osteology of the three Florida species it was noted that both S. maculatus and S. regalis showed many characters in which S. cavalla stood apart. It was therefore concluded that S. cavalla was a divergent member of the genus.
It is suggested that the two Atlantic groups (cavalla and regalis-maculatus) exist on a world-wide basis, western Pacific forms (Cybium) being assignable to one or the other group.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1958
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