Seriola dumerili

Greater amberjack AMB
Characteristic features:

Blue grey to olive above grading to silvery white below; darker bar through eye to dorsal-fin origin; often a yellow or amber stripe from eye to caudal fin peduncle.


Up to 180 cm TL.


Circumglobal in tropical and subtropical waters.


Epibenthic and pelagic over reefs, rocky outcrops and over deep water drop offs, from the surface to 360 m depth. Juveniles associated with with floating seaweed or marine debris.


Feeds primarily on fish, but also invertebrates. Amberjack form small to moderate sized schools or are solitary.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by pelagic and bottom trawls, as well as on hook-and-line.

Similar species:

Seriolina nigrofasciata
Blackbanded amberjack

Seriolina nigrofasciata

Seriolina nigrofasciata differs in having the upper jaw broadly rounded posteriorly (vs. slightly rounded) and usually terminating below posterior margin of eye (vs. terminating below anterior margin to middle of eye) and gill rakers on first gill arch mostly consisting of rudiments, 410 total elements (vs. total gill rakers on first gill arch 11–19 in specimens >~20cm FL).

Seriola rivoliana
Highfin amberjack

Seriola rivoliana

Seriola rivoliana differs in having a dorsal-fin lobe 1.3 to 1.6 times longer than pectoral fin length (vs. dorsal-fin lobe equal to or slightly longer than pectoral fin length); total gill rakers on first gill arch 22–26 (vs. 11–19) and dorsal-fin soft rays 27–33 (vs. 18–22).

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