Banded Rudderfish (Seriola zonata)

Banded Rudderfish

Scientific name: Seriola zonata


Fish that are less than 11 inches long have a dark band from the eye to the first dorsal fin and six prominent bars located on the body. Larger fish are either bluish, greenish, or brown in color. The soft dorsal base is about twice the length of the anal fin. Tips of the tail-lobe are white. This fish is the second smallest Amberjack.


They are are found nearshore and offshore, usually in shallower water than the other amberjacks. The young fish are associated with floating debris and may follow sharks and large fish.

Florida Locations:

The banded rudderfish are found throughout Florida around natural or man-made reefs, rock outcrops and wrecks.

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