Family: Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Greater amberjack
Max. size: 190 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 3397); max. published weight: 80.6 kg (Ref. 3287)
Environment: reef-associated; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); marine ; depth range 1 - 360 m
Climate: subtropical; 45°N - 28°S, 180°W - 180°E
Importance: fisheries: minor commercial; aquaculture: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
Distribution: Circumglobal. Indo-West Pacific: South Africa, Persian Gulf, southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to New Caledonia; Mariana and Caroline islands in Micronesia. Western Atlantic: Bermuda (Ref. 26938), Nova Scotia, Canada to Brazil; also from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea (Ref. 9626). Eastern Atlantic: British coast (vagrant) to Morocco and the Mediterranean. Distribution in eastern central Atlantic along the African coast is not well established due to past confusion with Seriola carpenteri (Ref. 7097).
Biology: Inhabits deep seaward reefs; occasionally entering coastal bays. Feeds primarily on fishes such as the bigeye scad, also feeds on invertebrates (Ref. 4233). Small juveniles associate with floating plants or debris in oceanic and offshore waters. Juveniles form small schools or solitary (Ref. 5213). Utilized fresh and frozen; eaten pan-fried, broiled and baked (Ref. 9987). Reported to cause ciguatera in some areas (Ref. 26938).