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Yellowtail Kingfish

The Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) is also known as Amberjack, Bandit, Californian Yellowtail, Hoodlum, Kahu, King Amberjack, Kingfish, Silver King, Southern Yellowtail, Tasmanian Yellowtail, Yellowtail. It is a ray finned fish which belongs to the family Carangidae under order Perciformes of class Actinopterygii. It is found in South Africa, Walter Shoals, Amsterdam Island, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hawaii, Rapa, Pitcairn Island and Easter Island. It is also found in the eastern Pacific from British Columbia to Chile.

The yellowtail Kingfish is a pelagic and demersal fish which is found in coastal and oceanic waters, off kelp beds and rocky areas and sometimes it enters estuaries. Schools of juveniles are generally found in offshore waters, often near or beyond the continental shelf. It has elongated and compressed body with very small smooth scales. Body is dark blue dorsally and almost white ventrally. It has a distinctive golden brown stripe running laterally from the snout to the tail. The body tapers posteriorly to a narrow caudal peduncle and broadens to a large forked caudal fin. Dorsal fin has 5-6 spines and 33-35 soft rays while anal fin contains 2-3 spines and 20-21 soft rays. It is a rapacious carnivore which feeds mainly on squid, crustaceans and small pelagic fish such as trevally, piper and garfish. It prefers warm waters which range from 18 to 24°C. Females are believed to mature at around 75 cm in length. The Yellowtail Kingfish can grow up to 250 cm in length and 96.80 kg in weight. It can live up to 12 years.

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