The lesser amberjack is the smallest amberjack, seldom encountered by, and relatively unknown to, anglers.
The lesser amberjack has an olive-green or brownish back above the lateral line and is silver below the lateral line. A dark olive-brown diagonal stripe extends from the mouth across both eyes to about the first dorsal fin. It is very similar in appearance to the greater amberjack but has a deeper body proﬁle, proportionately larger eyes, and eight spines in the first dorsal fin.
Reports on the size of this species vary markedly, from up to 12 inches in length to under 10 pounds.