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African Pompano

(Alectis ciliaris)



Maturity at: 50 cm in length

Max Published Size: 150 cm and 56 pounds

TnT Record: 35 pounds (unofficial)

TnT Season: Year round

IUCN status: Least concern



General Information: Pelagic in coastal shallow and oceanic waters, sometimes near the bottom. Small juveniles may be found near the shore; adults near the bottom to depths of 200ft.  Feed on slow moving crustaceans and occasionally on small crabs and fish. Juveniles are attractive aquarium fish, but do not do well in captivity.  Young ones have long threads extending from their dorsal and anal fins, which dissapear when they get older.  Excellent food fish; marketed fresh, dried or salted.

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