Acanthocybium solandri

Common Name


Year Described

Cuvier, 1832


Dorsal Fin: XXIII-XXV, 12-16, followed by 7-9 finlets
Anal Fin: 17-19, followed by 9 finlets
Pectoral Fin: 22-25
Vertebrae: 62-64

Body fusiform, very elongate, and slightly compressed. Snout very long (as long as post-orbital distance). Eye small. Adipose eyelid absent. Gill rakers absent. Jaw extends to middle of orbit. Teeth strong, triangular, and compressed. Pre-orbital bone covers posterior part of maxilla. Gas bladder well developed. Interpelvic processes present as two small flaps. Spiny dorsal fin very long and slightly incised in the middle. Second dorsal and anal fin small with tall anterior lobes. Pectoral fin half of head length and falcate. Caudal fin semilunate. Corselet not obvious; body with small scales. Lateral line with strong anterior arch. Two small caudal keels with a larger median keel in between them.


Brilliant dark metallic blue or blue-green above, abruptly silvery on side and belly with a metallic blue sheen. There are 24-30 pale blue bars in the side of the body from the opercle to the caudal peduncle. Spiny dorsal blue. Soft dorsal fin and finlets dark. Caudal and pectoral fins dark. Anal fin and finlets white.


Maximum size to 210cm FL.


Offshore epipelagic, either solitary or in small groups. Feeds on fishes.


Oceanic: from New Jersey to northeastern Brazil, including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.


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