Horse-Eye Jack

Scientific Name Caranx latus

Native To Subtropical areas of the Atlantic; from New England and Bermuda down south to Brazil

Habitat Coastal and outer coral reefs

Diet Small fish, shrimp and other invertebrates

Size and Age 101 cm (39.7 in)

Natural History

  • Appearance: Like other trevallies and jacks, the horse-eye jacks have silver elongated bodies and triangular pectoral, anal, and dorsal fins. Their unique features are their large eyes.
  • Behaviour: These fish can be gregarious and bold, especially when looking for food. They often trap their prey in pier pilings to prevent escape, thus providing an easier hunt.
  • Related to: trevallies and jacks, Family Carangidae

Least Concern

Conservation Status

Though harvesting might affect local populations of the horse-eye jack, this fish is common and widely distributed. Because there are no known major threats, it is considered Least Concern.

Interesting Facts

Can swim in fresh water