Elagatis bipinnulata

Rainbow runner RRU
Characteristic features:

Dark olive-blue to green above, whitish below; 2 narrow light blue stripes along sides with an olive or yellowish stripe between them; fins dark with an olive or yellow tint.


Up to 107 cm TL.


Circumglobal in tropical waters.


Found at or near the surface over reefs and well offshore, to at least 150 m depth. Sometimes associated with floating debris.


Feeds on invertebrates and small fishes. A pelagic species forming schools.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly with hook-and-line, also with gill nets.

Similar species:

A distinct species, easily identified by its 2 light blue stripes along sides, with a broad yellow/olive stripe between them.

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