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Crevalle Jack

Caranx hippos

Description: Color bluish-green to greenish-gold back and silvery or yellowish belly; soft dorsal and anal fins almost identical in size; prominent black spot on operculum (gill cover); black spot at the base of each pectoral fin; no scales on throat.

Similar Fish: Other Caranx.

Where Found: Common to both inshore waters and the open sea.

Size: Usually 3 to 5 pounds.

Remarks: Tolerates a wide range of salinities; schools corner a pod of baitfish at the surface and feed with commotion that can be seen for great distances; feeds mainly on small fish; peak spawning occurs offshore from March through September.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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