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Alectis ciliaris

Laumanihi (MH)

African Pompano

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General Information

COMMON NAMES: African Pompano, Threadfin Pompano, Pennantfish, Threadfish, African Pompano; German Palometa; French Cordonnier Fil, Carangue à Plumes

TRADITIONAL NAMES: Laumanihi (MH), Pāiele / Pāiyele (PK); Other Polynesian - Tapatai / Paaihere Auaveru (TAH)

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: NATIVE circumtropical incl. e.Africa - Samoa - Cooks, Hawai‘i - tropical America; n. to s.Japan; s. to New Caledonia

COOK ISLANDS STATUS: Native; S.Group; N Group.; Marine, near-shore - pelagic, adults benthic 50-100m

KEY FEATURES: To 120cm SL; juv. 1 in SL, adult 2.5 in SL. Hind Lateral Line with scutes; Pectoral long and curved; finlets absent; 1st Dorsal spines short, and covered with age; head rounded. JUVENILE (to about 20cm) diamond-shaped, 2nd Dorsal and Anal fins with extremely long filaments; silver, bluish-silver above; ~5 broad dark diagonal bars. ADULT silvery-grey above, paler below; more elongate, fins lobed but without filaments.

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Cook Islands Distribution

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Southern Group: Present    Makatea:

Northern Group:

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Scientific Taxonomy

Alectis ciliaris (Bloch, 1787)
SYNONYMS: Blepharis ciliaris; Zeus ciliaris [O]

TAXONOMY: ANIMALIA; CHORDATA; GNATHOSTOMATA (Jawed Vertebrates); PISCES; OSTEICHTHYES; Perciformes; Percoidei; Percoidea; CARANGIDAE, Caranginae

More Information

GENERAL NOTE: The young has been described as "one of the world's most beautiful fishes" (Tinker, 1978, Fishes of Hawaii). The long filaments of the young might give it the appearance of a jellyfish and thereby confer some proteciton from predators.

Vouchers & References

Palmerston: specimen, photo & ID Sims (Sims88). Tongareva: 1 specimen 2kg trolling trials (T&P85). Pukapuka: specimen+photo, 2/2004, Pereo Nimeti with line in lagoon, ID GMcC.

text p.130 Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
plate 45b Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
p.157 Randall et al. (1990) Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef....
p.251 Burgess et al. (1988) Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes (TFH)
plate 154-04 Lieske & Myers (1996) Coral Reef Fishes
plate 37-01 Allen (1997) Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia....
Species No. 364 Munro (1967) Fishes of New Guinea

Data Update History (information):
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Citation Information

McCormack, Gerald (2007) Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Online at Copy citation to system clipboard
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