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The Cero mackerel
, Scomberomorus regalis
, is similar in appearance and coloration to the Atlantic Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus
except that the Cero has a longitudinal stripe in addition to the spots of the Spanish.
The Cero reaches larger sizes than the Spanish, often 10 lb
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or more, but those over 30 lb are extremely rare. The first dorsal fin
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is black anteriorly, the lateral line descends slowly from the shoulder without the sharp break seen on the king mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla
In Florida, it is rare north of Palm Beach
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, common throughout the Florida Keys
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, as it is throughout the West Indies. Fishing methods and prey are similar to those of the Spanish mackerel.