The Cero fish

The Cero fish
Difficulty

Period

October to December

Minimum size

30 cm

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The Cero Fish belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum size known for the Cero fish is 83 cm and a maximum weight of 7.8 kg and its usual size is about 38 cm. It can live to be 11 years old. It reproduces from April to October in general. It is abundant from October to December.
The cero fish has an elongated and streamlined body which is well suited for swimming at speeds of up to 48 km/ h. The body is covered with small scales; the lateral line being inclined towards the caudal peduncle. The caudal fin is lunar and the pelvic fins are relatively long. The scales extend over the pectoral fins. The spiny and soft dorsal fins are separated, with the soft dorsal fin corresponding to the anal fin just below. A series of pinnules follows each fin and three pins on each side of the caudal peduncle. The swim bladder is absent in the cero fish. The back is iridescent bluish green with silvery sides and belly. A semi-lateral bronze band extends from the pectoral fin to the base of the caudal fin. There are several rows of yellow-orange streaks with yellow spots forming lines above and below the sideband. The front third of the first dorsal fin is bluish black.

The Cero fish lifestyle

It feeds mainly on clupeid fish, including herring, as well as silversides of the genus Allanetta. The diet of cero mackerel also includes squid and shrimp.
Females between 38 and 80 cm release 160,000 to 2.23 million eggs each. This species has floating and oviparous eggs and a pelagic larva. Eggs generally measure between 0.34 and 0.36 mm in diameter and hatch between1.16 and 1.22 mm. During larval development, the caudal fin appears first, followed by the development of the first dorsal, second dorsal, anus and finally the pelvic pectoral fin.

The Cero fish habitat

The Cero fish sometimes form schools on wrecks, coral reefs and along projections at depths ranging from 1 to 20 m. It is usually found at mid-water and near the water surface.
It can be found in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts, the United States to Brazil, the Bahamas and the West Indies. It is common in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.

The Cero fish angling

The cero is caught with gillnets and on lines.

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