African Pompano: Alectis ciliaris


  • Metallic-blue color on back, fading to a white belly
  • Body is deep and compressed
  • Front of head steep and rounded
  • Dorsal fin begins in front of anal fin
  • Juveniles have long, threadlike rays at front of dorsal and anal fins
  • Scutes (bone-like projections) on sides in front of tail
  • Dorsal and anal fins with no more than one finlet each
  • Body becomes relatively longer with age

Similar Species: Other pompano species 

Size: Up to 42 inches (40 pounds) 


Young found in open waters. Adults found to depths of 180 feet, often near reefs, wrecks and ledges.


Great fighter and good to eat. Often found in schools over structure.

Additional Information

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