Caranx hippos (Linnaeus, 1766)

Edwards, A. J., Gill, A. C. & Abohweyere, P. O., 2003, A revision of F. R. Irvine’s Ghanaian marine fishes in the collections of The Natural History Museum, London, Journal of Natural History 37 (18), pp. 2213-2267: 2238

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Caranx hippos (Linnaeus, 1766)


Caranx hippos (Linnaeus, 1766)  

Reference material. Accra, March 1930 (Irvine 53)— BMNH 1930.8.26.49–50 (two: 91.5, 139.1 mm SL); Amedica, River Volta, May 1938 (Irvine 237); Prampram, September 1938 (Irvine 316)— BMNH 1939.7.12.12 (specimen not found in the BMNH collections); mouth of Ancobra River, January 1939 (Akpabla A 9)   .

Distribution. Coast of West Africa from Morocco to southern Angola. Also known from the Mediterranean and western Atlantic (Quéro et al., 1990).

On average about 3700 tonnes of this species are caught in the region each year ( FAO, 2000), making it an important fishery species.