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Greater Amberjack: Seriola dumerili

Appearance:

  • Olive green or brownish back and silver sides
  • Dark stripe from nose to front of dorsal fin that “lights up” when fish is in feeding mode
  • Anal fin is about 2/3 the length of the second dorsal fin
  • 11-19 gill rakers present on each gill arch
  • No scutes (bone-like projections) on body

Size: Up to 60 inches (176 pounds); common around 40 inches and under 40 pounds

Similar Species: Other jack species

Habitat:

Offshore species associated with rocky reefs, debris and wrecks, typically in 60 to 240 feet of water; sometimes caught nearshore in south Florida; juveniles associate with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep

Behavior:

Great amberjacks are the largest of the jacks.  These fish are thought to spawn offshore throughout most of the year.  Greater amberjack feed on squid, fish, and crustaceans.

Additional Information

Largest of the jacks; thought to spawn offshore throughout much of the year; feeds on squid, fish and crustaceans


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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