Blackbanded Amberjack, Seriolina nigrofasciata (Rüppell 1829)

Other Names: Black-banded Amberjack, Black-banded Kingfish, Blackbanded Trevally, Butter Amberfish

A Blackbanded Amberjack, Seriolina nigrofasciata. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Body bluish-grey to dark brown or black above, paler below, with 5-7 dark diagonal bands or blotches on the upper sides and whitish tips on the dorsal and anal fins. The dark bands become less distinct with age.
The banded juveniles are seen under floating weed rafts.

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Blackbanded Amberjack, Seriolina nigrofasciata (Rüppell 1829)

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Found in Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, around the north to off Tuncurry, New South Wales. Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from the Red Sea and eastern Africa, to northern Australia, and north to southern Japan; also in southern South Africa in the SE Atlantic.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VII-VIII + I, 30-37; Anal fin II + I, 15-18; Gill rakers 4-10; Vertebrae 11+13.
Body elongate, somewhat slender and compressed; rear tip of upper jaw broadly rounded, reaching to below posterior margin of eye; jaws with minute teeth forming a broad band. Gill rakers on first arch mostly rudimentary. Caudal peduncle with a fleshy lateral keel and dorsal and ventral grooves.

Species Citation

Nomeus nigrofasciatus Rüppell 1829, Fische des Rothen Meeres 2: 92, pl. 24(2). Type locality: Massawa, Eritrea, Red Sea.


Dianne J. Bray

Blackbanded Amberjack, Seriolina nigrofasciata (Rüppell 1829)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37337014

Depth:16-150 m

Fishing:Commercial & popular sportsfish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:70 cm TL

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