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Silver cylindrical body with dark blotches and lighter side bands. Mouth is a prominent feature with its obvious conical teeth and large underslung jaw. Dorsal fins are widely separated. Slightly centrally cleft (emarginate) caudal fin.
45.7-91.4 cm (1.5-3 ft) avg; 200 cm (6.6 ft) max
50 kg (110.2 lbs) max
Fish, cephalopods, and occasionally shrimp
Species exhibits dioecism. Fertilization is external. Species is open water/substratum egg scatterer.
66 cm; 2-4 years
Western Atlantic: Massachusetts and Bermuda to Caribbean and Brazil
Eastern Atlantic: Sierra Leone to St. Paul's Rocks and Sao Tome Island
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii; throughout Micronesia
0-100 meters in tropical & sub-tropical marine and estuarine waters
For more information about bony fishes, explore the
Bony Fishes InfoBook
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Bond, Carl E.
Biology of Fishes - Second Edition
. Saunders College Publishing, 1996.
Reef Fish Identification - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas
. New World Publications, Inc., 1992.