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Species: Seriola fasciata, Lesser Amberjack

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short oblique bar: eye to nape before D1
yellow stripe: eye to C
D2 lobe 12-15.4% FL
juv: 7 broken bars, 8th on tail base, 3rd-7th extend onto D & A
top jaw: top bone slender
gill rakers 23-26

Seriola fasciata (Bloch, 1793)

Lesser Amberjack

Elongate, fusiform, compressed; snout long, pointed; bone on top of rear of top jaw narrow, reaches under front edge of pupil; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) 23-26 in all fish; dorsal fin VII (last imbedded in large fish) + I, 28-33; anal rays II (reduced or completely embedded in large fish) + I, 17-20, its base much shorter than soft dorsal base; dorsal and anal fin lobes low, dorsal lobe 12-16% of fork length; pectoral short (< head length); no finlets after 2nd dorsal and anal fins; tail base slender; tail strongly forked; grooves present on dorsal and ventral surface of caudal fin base, but no lateral fleshy keel; lateral line with slight arch over pectoral region; no scutes (hard spiny scales) on lateral line.

Pinkish to violet above, silvery below; oblique dark band (when present) from eye to nape (not to dorsal fin base); often a yellow stripe from eye along flank to end of tail base; anal fin dark, lobe white; pelvics white, with dark inner part; tail fin dark, narrow lighter rear border. Juveniles (up to 20cm) with oblique head band and 7 irregular, broken dark bars on side, 3rd-7th extend onto dorsal and anal fins.

Size: attains 79 cm, 4.6 kg.

Habitat: pelagic, near bottom.

Depth: 20-348 m.

Massachusetts to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 79
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 348