Length: To 110 cm, rarely 190 cm*.
Distribution: Mediterranean Sea, southern England to South Africa*
Depth: from 10 to 335 meters*
General info: The adult specimens form small groups or they live solitarily*.
The species is frequently confused with S. carpenteri (Mediterranean amberjack)They swim close to the coast, hunting for fish they capture in lightning fast attacks*.
(*)MEDITERRANEAN AND ATLANTIC Fish guide (Helmut Debelius 1997)
Considered as a valuable food source in our territory, it is hunted with long fishing lines from mid spring till the end of summer. The common name of the fish in our country (Mayatiko) refers to its seasonal harvesting and it means that it is commonly found during May. The specimen in the photo was found along with another individuals in a reef complex, very near to the coastal line of Kini Bay, feeding on fishes. The photo was taken with natural light (no flash). The photo also shows the underwater vegetation consisting mainly of Posidonia oceanica.
Many thanks to K. Boukas, member of the Nautical, Ecological and Cultural Association of Kini bay for the underwater photo.