Crevalle Jack

Scientific Name Caranx hippos

Native To Temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Portugal in the north as far south as Uruguay to the west and Angola to the east

Habitat Coastal and outer reefs, lagoons, and estuaries

Diet Small fish, prawns, crustaceans, and molluscs

Size and Age 60 cm (23.6 in)

Natural History

  • Appearance: Similar to other jacks, crevalle jacks have deep elongated bodies and triangular pectoral, dorsal, and anal fins. Its unique golden colour and black tail are characteristics of this species.
  • Related to: trevallies and jacks, Family Carangidae
  • Behaviour: These fish are powerful predators. Even as juveniles they attack and eat other fish. However, they hold a widely variable diet; their food sources will change by season and year.

Least Concern

Conservation Status

Despite local declines due to human exploitation, the global population size remains steady. Without major threats to its population, it is assessed as Least Concern.

Interesting Facts

  • Young fish pushed north by currents tend to migrate to tropical waters before winter sets. If they don’t, mass mortalities occur as it gets too cold.
  • The largest fish of this species grew 124 cm (48.8 in) at 32 kg (70.5 lb).