English: amberjack, allied kingfish, amberjack, great amberfish, great yellowtail, greater yellowtail, jenny lind, purplish amberjack, rock salmon, sailor's choice, and yellow tail
Spanish: cola amarilla, coronado, coronado de ley, doronado
The greater amberjack, largest of the jacks, has a brownish or bluish grey dorsal side (above the lateral line) and a silvery white ventral side. There is a dark amber stripe running from the nose to just in front of the dorsal fin. This stripe becomes more defined during feeding activity or when the fish is excited. The greater amberjack also has a dusky "mask" stretching from the upper jaw through the eye to the first dorsal fin. Some individuals may have a pale yellow stripe along the sides.
Juvenile greater amberjacks have five dark body bands that are vertically irregularly split with a sixth band at the end of the caudal peduncle. The body bands do not extend onto the dorsal and anal fin membranes; the fins are transparent.
Great amberjacks grow to a maximum total length of 6.2 feet (1.9 m). Although the maximum published weight of this species is 80.6 kg, these fish typically reach about 39.7 pounds (18 kg) in weight.
The greater amberjack is considered a popular game fish.