Naucrates ductor

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CarangidaeNaucrates ductor(Linnaeus)1758Pilotfish

Naucrates ductor

Unique Characters: Posterior straight part of lateral line without scutes. Pectoral fins shorter than head length. Body scales oval-shaped. Upper jaw protractile. No semi-detached finlets. Bases of soft dorsal and anal fins unequal in length, anal-fin base about 45-70% of dorsal-fin base. Caudal peduncle grooves present, dorsally and ventrally. No finlets in dorsal and anal fins. Upper jaw ending between vertical through front and rear margins of eye. First dorsal fin with 4 or 5 spines. Caudal-fin lobes with prominent white tips. Upper jaw extending to vertical from about front margin of eye. Adults with well-developed median fleshy keel on side of caudal peduncle.

Similar Species: None

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