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Rainbow Runner

(Elagatis bipinnulata)


Maturity at: 30 cm in length

Max Published Size: 130 cm and 39 pounds

TnT Record: 19 pounds (unofficial)

TnT Season: Year round

IUCN status: Least concern



General Information: Adults can be found in oceanic waters near floating objects or in coastal waters close to reefs. Can form small and very large schools. Highly migratory fish feeding on invertebrates, mainly larger crustaceans of the zooplankton, and small fish. They can spawn all year round in tropical waters and their eggs are pelagic. Relatively important as game fish and rarely targeted commercially in most parts of the world; marketed fresh and salted or dried; also frozen and used for sashimi. In Trinidad and Tobago is highly appreciated.


Photo courtesy Reid Murphy

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