Pilotfish - Naucrates ductor

Stafford-Deitsch, Jeremy (2000). Sharks of Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Trident Press, p. 32. ISBN 1900724456.

The pilot fish Naucrates ductor are carnivorous fish belong to the family of Jacks. They are widely distributed in warm seas of the world.

The pilot fish congregates around sharks, rays, and sea turtles, where it eats parasites on these animals and also the bits and scrapes that occur when the larger animal is feeding. The baby pilot fish are usually associated with jellyfish and drifting seaweeds.

Pictured below is a young pilotfish in a rarely seen color pattern. It will not hold this pattern for very long before assuming the adult characteristics.

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