Naucrates ductor (Linnaeus 1758),

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 147

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Naucrates ductor (Linnaeus 1758)


Naucrates ductor (Linnaeus 1758)  —Pilotfish

Status at New Ireland. First recorded from New Ireland as Naucrates indicus  by Lesson (1831: 157, poissons pl. 14, fig. 2), based on MNHN A.5398 (holotype); reported as N. ductor  by Munro (1958: 185).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 0.—General distribution: Circumglobal in tropical and temperate seas, in western Pacific Ocean north to Japan, south to Norfolk Island. Pelagic, oceanic species with a semiobligate commensal relationship with sharks, rays, larger bony fishes and turtles; juveniles usually associated with jellyfish and drifting seaweed, 0–300 m depth. Marine.