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african-pompano

African Pompano

Alectis ciliaris

Description: Body is deep and compressed; coloration is metallic-blue above, silvery below; snout is blunt; pelvic fins are longer than the maxilla; second dorsal and anal fins are falcate

Size: To 91 centimeters (3 feet) and 19 kilograms (42 pounds)

Where found: Young are pelagic; adults found to depths of 55 meters (180 feet) often associated with reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges

Remarks: Great fighter and good to eat; often found in schools over structure

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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