Talang Queenfish


Name: Talang Queenfish

Local name: Lehlah, Bassarah

Scientific name: Scomberoides commersonnianus

Classification: Class: ray-finned fishes; Order: perch-likes; Family: jacks (Carangidae)

Synonym: Chorinemus commersonnianus

Size: It reaches a length of up to 120 cm and about 18 kg in weight.


Adults usually occur in small groups, inhabiting coastal waters, frequently near coral assemblages and offshore islands. They feed on fishes, cephalopods, small invertebrates, and other pelagic prey.


The species is widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and the east coast of Africa to the western Pacific, north to Japan, and south to Australia.
Conservation Status: It has not yet been

Conservation status:

It has not yet been assessed globally by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In a recent regional assessment for the Arabian Gulf it was classified as Least Concern (LC). The species is mainly caught by gillnets, setnets, seines, and hook-and-line, and marketed fresh. It is common in markets.


The body is strongly compressed and elongated, with a dorsal profile that is more convex than the ventral profile. The mouth is very large. Posterior dorsal and anal-fin rays are semidetached finlets; anterior parts of the second dorsal and anal fins are elevated, and the caudal fin is strongly forked. Head and body coloration is bluish grey above the lateral line, with a series of five to eight large vertically oblong spots. The body below the lateral line is silvery to brassy yellow.