- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
The deep-bodied palometa is a grayish blue-green on top. It shades to a silver on its sides and has a yellow breast. Both its dorsal and anal fins are dark and elongated, extending nearly to each edge of the widely forked tail. Both have blackish edges, along with the tail fins. The palometa also has four narrow bars, with the hint of a fifth near the tail fin, high on its sides that range from black to white in color.
Palometa are predatory carnivores that feed on crustaceans, especially mole shrimp, mollusks, worms and smaller fish.
Palometa are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Argentina, including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Palometa inhabit warm (70 degrees F and above) inshore waters up to 35 feet in depth. They typically form schools at the edge of the surf and will seek out sand, rock or corral bottoms.
- The all-tackle world record for the palometa is 1 pound, 3 ounces caught in the Bahamas.