Atule mate

Northern yellowtail scad | Barred Yellowtail Scad | Finlet Scad | Yellow-tail Scad
Atule mate
Atule mate, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Silvery with a yellow stripe from above eye to tail, which is usually also yellow. Light banding often present, and differs from Selar and Selaroides species (other scads) in having gold stripe and black blotch on operculum. Forms large schools.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.3-30.3°C

Depth: 1-80m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Rare (1.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Large aggregations (125 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland