From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lichia amia.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Carangidae
Genus: Lichia
Species: L. amia
Binomial name
Lichia amia
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Leerfish, also Garrick (Lichia amia) is a species of marine fish in the Carangidae family, and is native to the Mediterranean and the coastal waters of western Africa to the coastal waters of eastern South Africa.[1][2] Also recorded in the Black Sea[3] These fish can reach 1.5 m in length and 18.8 kg in weight. They inhabit the coastal wave zone where they form small shoals to hunt other smaller fish, favouring Pomatomus saltatrix.


  1. ^ Lichia amia at FishBase
  2. ^ Van Der Elst, R. (1993). A Guide to the Common Sea Fishes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers. ISBN 1-86825-394-5.
  3. ^ Black Sea Fishes Check List