Selar boops

Oxeye scad | Yellowband Scad
Selar boops
Selar boops, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Lateral line curves downward steeply below origin of soft dorsal fin, with straight row of scutes for more than half the body length, bluish-green tint to a silvery body with yellow lateral stripe passing from upper eye to tail base, and small black spot on rear of opercle. Forms densely packed schools. Similar S. crumenophthalmus (Bigeye Scad) has a more gentle curve in lateral line that straightens out half way along body.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 28.7-31.1°C

Depth: 1-500m

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: Infrequent (5.3% 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 (195 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