Highfin Amberjack, Seriola rivoliana Valenciennes 1833

Other Names: Almaco Jack, Longfin Yellowtail, Yellow Kingfish

A Highfin Amberjack, Seriola rivoliana, in Nelson Bay, New South Wales. Source: Dave Harasti / http://www.daveharasti.com/. License: All rights reserved

A large jack with the anterior lobe of the second dorsal fin about twice as long or longer than the longest dorsal-fin spines, and longer than the pectoral fin. 
The Highfin Amberjack is greenish to brownish above, becoming silvery below, sometimes with a brassy or lavender sheen, and a dusky stripe from the snout through the eye to the front of the dorsal fin (stripe becoming less distinct with age). Juveniles (to ~20 cm) also have 7 dark bars along the side and tail base that do not extend onto the bases of the dorsal and anal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Seriola rivoliana in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jul 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/1663

Highfin Amberjack, Seriola rivoliana Valenciennes 1833

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Found in Australia from the Northwest Shelf to Rowley Shoals and north of Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and off Caloundra, Queensland, to off Jervis Bay, New South Wales; also at Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is circumglobal in tropical and subtropical seas.
The species is pelagic and epibenthic, usually in oceanic waters. Adults are rarely encountered inshore.


Dorsal fin VII-VIII + I, 27-33 (anteriormost spines may be imbedded in skin in very large fish); Anal fin II + I, 18-22 (anterior two spines reduced or embedded in large fish); Gill rakers (excluding rudiments) 18-29.
Body elongate, fusiform, relatively deep, compressed; upper head & body profile distinctly more convex that lower profile; snout long, pointed; mouth terminating beneath middle of eye; supramaxillary bone very wide at rear, with sharp angle at upper corner; anal-fin base much shorter than soft dorsal-fin base; anterior dorsal and anal-fin rays elevated, 2nd dorsal-fin lobe height 16-25% of fork length; pectoral fins short (less than head length); tail base slender, with dorsal and ventral grooves; caudal fin strongly forked; lateral line with slightly arched above pectoral fin.


Feeds mostly on fishes.

Species Citation

Seriola rivoliana Valenciennes 1833, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 9: 207. Type locality: Greece.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Highfin Amberjack, Seriola rivoliana Valenciennes 1833


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37337052

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-250 m

Fishing:Commercial & popular sportsfish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:80 cm FL; 120 cm TL

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