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African Pompano: Alectis ciliaris

Appearance:

  • 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) 

Habitat:

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

Behavior:

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

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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