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Pilotfish

Pilotfish
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Also known as:

Pilot

Ductor

Romerio

Common Group Name:

Trevallies

Family Name:

Carangidae

Genus Name:

Naucrates

Species Name:

Naucrates ductor


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of these fish are greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Pilotfish are a torpedo shaped trevally with a dark to pale blue body with 6-7 broad, dark vertical bars. There are white tips on the lobes of the tail and on the second dorsal and anal fins.

Fish Distribution:

  • Pilotfish are found worldwide in all tropical and temperate seas, including the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Adults are often found in inshore waters swimming alongside or in front of larger predatory fishes. They feed on scraps of the predators prey.
  • Juveniles are often encountered swimming under floating items such as seaweed or jellyfish.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 25 and 40 cm (10-16 inches), maximum size around 70 cm (28 inches).