Leatherjacket fish

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Leatherjacket fish
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Carangidae
Genus: Oligoplites
Species: O. saurus
Binomial name
Oligoplites saurus
(Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801)

The leatherjacket fish, skipjack or leather jack, Oligoplites saurus, is a jack in the Carangidae family.[1] Leather jack may also refer to other members of the Carangidae, such as the pilot fish. Leatherjacket may also refer to the smooth leatherjacket, a member of the Monacanthidae family.

Distribution[edit]

The leatherjack fish inhabits shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico and southern Atlantic coast. Also, it is found in Australian waters, in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Feeding[edit]

It voraciously devours small fish and shrimp, often in company with larger predatory species. A school of leatherjackets was filmed attacking, killing, and feeding upon an octopus in the waters of Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia.[2]

As food[edit]

Traditionally, the leather jacket has not been eaten, but recently, with large-scale farming of the fish, it has become common at market. The fish has a mild, oily taste similar to Spanish mackerel or bluefish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oligoplites saurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 24 January 2006. 
  2. ^ Octopus attacked by leatherjackets

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