- 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.
Tripletail get their name from the combination of their dorsal and anal fins, which extend far back to the tail, giving the appearance of three tails. They have a deep, rounded shape similar to grouper or freshwater bream. The eyes are located close to the snout and mouth, which has a protruding lower jaw. The color of the tripletail ranges from yellowish to brown with spots and mottles on the sides.
A variety of fish and crustaceans, including squid, shrimp, anchovies, and herring comprise the tripletail's diet.
This highly adaptable fish can be found in ocean currents worldwide. During warm months, they are abundant off both coasts of Florida, Central America and South America.
Tripletail occur closer to shore, up to depths of 20 feet. They can be found in muddy estuaries, inlets and large bays. Preferring cover, tripletail are often spotted in weeds and alongside debris and markers.