The lesser amberjack differs from the greater amberjack primarily in appearance. Characterized by olive green or brownish black and silver sides, its body is deeper for its length and the dark bar extending upward from its large eyes may stop short of its dorsal fin. They are the smallest of the amberjacks. Juveniles have split or wavy bars on their sides. Adults eat fish, squid and crustaceans and are believed to spawn in offshore waters.
Juveniles can be found near floating objects or weed lines. Adults are primarily found in depths of 180-427 ft.
The lesser amberjack occurs in the Eastern and Western Atlantic Oceans. In the Atlantic, it is found from Massachusetts to Brazil.