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Keys to Identifying the Jacks

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Florida has a variety of jack species, and their similar appearance sometimes leads to misidentification. Knowing a few of the key distinguishing characteristics for each species can make the identification process easy.

Florida Jacks

Greater Amberjack

 

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Size: Commonly 10–40 lb. (max. 140 lb.)

Stripe: Front of eye to 1st dorsal

Fin Height: 2nd dorsal more than double height of 1st dorsal

Color: Amber colored streak from eye to tail

Body Shape: More elongated and rounder (less laterally compressed) than Lesser AJ and Almaco

Lesser Amberjack

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Size: Commonly 2–7 lb. (max. 12 lb.)

Stripe: Eye to top of head in front of 1st dorsal

Fin Height: 2nd dorsal less than double height of 1st dorsal

Body Shape: Less elongated and less round (more laterally
compressed) than Greater AJ

Almaco Jack

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Size: Commonly 10–30 lb. (max. 80 lb.)

Stripe: Eye to 1st dorsal

Fin Height: 2nd dorsal 3–4 times height of 1st dorsal

Fin Location: Anal fin starts nearly as far forward as 2nd dorsal

Body Shape: Less elongated and less round than Greater AJ

Banded Rudderfish

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Size: Commonly 2–3 lb. (max. 10 lb.)

Stripe: Dark eye stripe and 6 dark bars in juveniles only

Fin Height: 2nd dorsal 2 times height of 1st dorsal

Color: Greenish to blue in color above lateral line

Body Shape: More elongated and rounder than Lesser AJ

Tail: White tips on tail

 

Jack Crevalle

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Size: Commonly 3–20 lb. (max. 50 lb.)

Color: Bright yellow on lower portions of body and fins,
black spot on edge of gill cover

Pectoral Fins: Long yellow pectoral fins with black spot at base

Body Shape: Deep body with rounded head and blunt nose

 

 
 
 
 
 

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