Latin name

Naucrates ductor

Other names

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The fish has five to seven dark vertical stripes on its elongated body and a low dorsal fin with four spines.


Widely distributed in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.


Known for accompanying great sharks on their ocean wanderings, as well as whales, rays, schools of various other fish and ships. One fish is said to have followed a sailing ship for 80 days.


Her maximum height can reach 27 inches.

Life history and Behavior

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Food and feeding habits

They feed on leftover food, as well as parasites, small fish and invertebrates.


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Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Carangiformes
Family Carangidae
Genus Naucrates
Species N. ductor
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 70
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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