Megalaspis cordyla (also known as the hardtail scad, finny scad, finletted mackerel scad and cordyla scad), is a species of moderately large marine fish classified in the jack and horse mackerel family, Carangidae. The torpedo scad is distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region, ranging from South Africa in the west to Tonga in the east, extending to Japan in the north and Australia in south. It is a schooling pelagic fish which occupies the surface layers of both inshore and offshore oceanic waters. The torpedo scad is easily identified by both its 'torpedo' shaped body and a series of detached finlets at the rear of both the dorsal and anal fins. The largest recorded individual was 80 cm long and weighed 4 kg, although it is more common at lengths less than 40 cm. It is a predatory species, taking a variety of fish, cephalopods andcrustaceans by both active and filter feeding
HEALTH BENEFITSOmega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids occur in high quantities in this fish. It is beneficial in lowering bad cholesterol levels.
NUTRACEUTICALS PRESENTIt is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Trace minerals include zinc and copper. Antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 is also found.
CULINARY METHODMany tasty preparations such as curry, coconut milk curry, fry etc. can be made out of this fish.