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Genus: Seriola, Amberjack Jack, Amberjacks

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

D & A: no finlets behind
tail base: no/slight keel
mouth reaches under eye
adult: 11-16 gill rakers
pectoral < head
LL: no scutes



Body elongate, fusiform, compressed; upper jaw reaches back under pupil; adult 11-16 gill rakers; dorsal fin with VII-VIII spines (front spines may be imbedded in very large fish), then a notch before I, 27-35; anal fin II isolated spines + I, 18-22, its base much shorter than soft dorsal base; no isolated finlets after dorsal and anal fins; pectoral short (< head length); tail base slender, with or without keel; tail strongly forked; no scutes (hard spiny scales) on lateral line.

There are 9 species in this circumtropical genus. Our region has 1 circumtropical species, 1 Pan-Atlantic species and 2 West Atlantic species.