Greater amberjack • Greater Amberjack

Last update: January 19th, 2020 at 8:00 am

A three-foot greater amberjack at Jeff’s Reef on Oculina Bank seen on the Clelia dive of August 29. Counting individual fish at this density offers little challenge.  Also note the Oculina coral heads in the background.

Greater amberjacks , are the largest of the jacks. They usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. They have no scutes and soft dorsal bases less than twice the length of the anal fin bases. They are usually 18 kg (40 pounds) or less, and are found associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 20 to 75 m (10 to 40 fathoms). Greater amberjacks are also found in the Pacific.


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