Greenback horse mackerel

Greenback horse mackerel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Carangidae
Genus: Trachurus
Species: T. declivis
Binomial name
Trachurus declivis
(Jenyns, 1841)

The greenback horse mackerel or greenback scad, Trachurus declivis, is a species of jack in the family Carangidae, found around western and southern Australia, and around New Zealand, from the surface to depths of 460 m. Its length is up to 64 cm.[1]

Its common name derives from the legend that other smaller species of fish could ride on its back over great distances. It is an important commercial fish.


Commercial capture of greenback horse mackerel
in tonnes from 1950 to 2009 [2]


  1. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Trachurus declivis" in FishBase. March 2006 version.
  2. Trachurus declivis (Jenyns, 1841) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved 13 March 2012.

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