Scientific Name Caranx ruber
Native To Subtropical and tropical areas of the western Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to Venezuela
Habitat Lagoons, coastal and outer coral reefs
Diet These jacks eat small fish, shrimp and cephalopods.
Size and Age 60 cm (23.6 in)
- Appearance: Bar jacks have silver elongated bodies like the horse eye jack. However, they have smaller eyes and a tapered snout. Also, they have a dark horizontal bar that runs down their body to the back of their tail which gives them the name bar jack.
- Related to: trevallies and jacks, Family Carangidae
- Behaviour: These fish are found either solitary or in groups. As voracious and opportunistic predators, they follow bottom feeders such as stingrays or eels to find food hidden in the substrate. Juveniles will help clean parasites off other fish whereas adults get cleaned commonly by the bluehead wrasse and the Spanish hogfish.