Leatherjacket: Oligoplites saurus


Also known as leatherjack.

  • Body silvery-white on sides and belly, with a bluish-green back
  • Pectoral and caudal fins yellow
  • First dorsal fin has five well-developed, unconnected spines
  • Finlets present behind dorsal and anal fins
  • Scales tiny and embedded, causing skin to appear smooth
  • Long body that is strongly compressed
  • Lateral line nearly straight

Similar Species: Other jack species

Size: Up to 12 inches 


Inshore in bays and estuaries, often in turbid water 


Diet includes small fishes and crustaceans

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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