Sphyraena jello

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Sphyraena jello
Sphyraena jello, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Sphyraena jello
Sphyraena jello, adult, Tryon Is, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Sphyraena jello
Sphyraena jello


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Robust body with chevron markings that cross the lateral line, but lacking the scalloped tail shape of S. barracuda and S. qenie. Also lacks the elongated fin rays forming a filament on the lower rear margin of the rear dorsal fin, which is a characteristic of S. putnamae. Tail often yellow.


Max Size: 150 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-31.4°C

Depth: 20-200m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (17 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.