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.


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.


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.


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

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