Blue Jack fish

Caranx melampigus
Carangue bleue
Paaihere ninamu (Society)

Interesting facts

The blue jackfish can measure up to 100 cm long, but the average is around 60 cm. This jackfish lives at depths of between 0 and 190 m. It feeds mainly on crustaceans and small fish. It is easily recognizable by its silvery-blue color, as the name suggests. The blue color is highlighted by a yellow splotches and little black spots. This fish hunts at dawn and dusk, in small groups near the passes and the outer reef slope. The young stay mostly in the shallow lagoon. The risk of ciguatera poisoning is high for adult fish.


P. Bacchet, T. Zysman, Y. Lefèvre, 2010. Guide des poissons de Tahiti et ses îles. Au vent des îles. 3e édition.