Alectis ciliaris 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Carangidae

Scientific Name: Alectis ciliaris
Species Authority: (Bloch, 1787)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English African Pompano, Trevally, Cobblerfish, Cordonnier, Crevalle, Cuban Jack, Diamond Trevally, Fiddler, Hairfish, Indian Threadfin Trevally, Jack, Jacks, Pennantfish, Pennant Fish, Pennant Trevally, Pompano, Shoemaker, Sunfish, Threadfin, Threadfin Jack, Thread-fin Jackfish, Threadfin Mirrorfish, Thread-finned Trevally, Threadfinned Trevally, Threadfin Pompano, Threadfin Trevally, Threadfish, Thread Pompano, Ciliated Thread-fish
French Aile ronde, Carangue, Cordonnier, Cordonnier Fil, Marguerite
Spanish Caballa, Caballito, Chicuaca, Cojinoba, Corcoba de Plana, Corcobado de Pluma, Elechudo, Flechudo, Jurel de Pluma, Paja blanco, Palometa, Pampanito, Pampano, Pampano Africano, Pámpano Africano, Pampano de Hebra, Pámpano de Hebra, Pampano de Pluma, Pampano Flechudo, Peje rey, Pompano, Sol, Zapatero
Alectis breviventralis Wakiya, 1924
Alectis crinitus (Mitchill, 1826)
Alectis temmincki Wakiya, 1924
Blepharis fasciatus Rüppell, 1830
Blepharis indicus Cuvier, 1833
Blepharis major Cuvier, 1833
Blepharis sutor Cuvier, 1833
Carangoides ajax Snyder, 1904
Carangoides blepharis Bleeker, 1851
Gallus virescens Lacepède, 1802
Hynnis cubensis Poey, 1860
Hynnis hopkinsi Jordan & Starks, 1895
Scomber filamentosus Park, 1797
Scyris analis Poey, 1868
Zeus ciliaris Bloch, 1787
Zeus crinitus Mitchill, 1826

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-27
Assessor(s): Herdson, D., Robertson, R. & Smith-Vaniz, B.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.
Although Alectis ciliaris is harvested in commercial fisheries, it has an extremely large distribution and is considered common in many parts of its range. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern. Further research on the life history characteristics of this species is needed to accurately determine vulnerability to potential threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Alectis ciliaris has a circumtropical distribution in marine waters.
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa (American Samoa, American Samoa); Angola (Angola); Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Australia (Ashmore-Cartier Is., Coral Sea Is. Territory, Lord Howe Is., New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia); Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Benin; Bermuda; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Saba, Sint Eustatius); Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Cayman Islands; China; Colombia; Comoros; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Cook Islands; Costa Rica; Côte d'Ivoire; Cuba; Curaçao; Djibouti; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador (Ecuador (mainland), Galápagos); Egypt; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Fiji; French Guiana; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guam; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Israel; Jamaica; Japan (Nansei-shoto, Ogasawara-shoto); Jordan; Kenya; Korea, Republic of; Liberia; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Martinique; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Montserrat; Mozambique; Myanmar; New Caledonia; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands; Oman; Pakistan; Palau; Panama; Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago); Peru; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Réunion; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Sint Maarten (Dutch part); Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Togo; Tokelau; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates; United States (Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaiian Is., Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia); Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Viet Nam; Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – western central; Atlantic – northwest; Atlantic – southeast; Atlantic – southwest; Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southeast; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – western central
Lower depth limit (metres): 60
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: This species is common in many parts of its range such as in the Indo-pacific.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is pelagic in neritic and oceanic waters. Adults are usually solitary and frequent shallow coastal waters; juveniles are pelagic and drift. Its diet consists of slow-swimming or sedentary crustaceans, and occasionally small crabs and fishes. This species is found at a maximum depth of  60 m. Adults are demersal, however juveniles up to 25 cm are pelagic.
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is collected from the wild as a food source. Juveniles are collected for the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known to this species. This species is sometimes harvested by commercial fisheries, and is occasionally collected for the aquarium trade, however there is no current indication of a population decline.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species, however its falls within numerous marine protected areas.

Further research is needed on the life history characteristics of this large species to determine vulnerability to potential threats.

Citation: Herdson, D., Robertson, R. & Smith-Vaniz, B. 2010. Alectis ciliaris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155014A4696428. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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