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Poisonous animals
Cnidarians (Jellyfish, Corals and Anemones)
Venomous fish
Hymenopterans (Bees, Wasps and Ants)
Sea snakes
Terrestrial snakes
Miscellaneous animals



Carangidae, Jacks and Pompanos

Clinical entries

For clinical data see section “Risk” below


Osteichthyes; Perciformes

Common names

Jacks, Scads, Pompanos, Leatherbacks, Stachelmakrelen


Tropical and temperate seas.


Fast-swimming, medium-sized to large predatory fishes that live in open water or coastal regions. Colouring shiny metallic, body shape variable, from spindle-shaped to high-backed and laterally oblate. Characteristic for the carangids is the presence of two separate fin rays anterior to the anal fin. Many are considered valuable edible fish. Scomberoides sanctipetris is the only studied species in which venom glands have been found in association with 7 fin rays of the anterior dorsal fin and the 2 on the anal fin.

Caranx hippos, Oligoplites saurus, Selar crumenophthalmus and Trachurus trachurus are also believed to be venomous.

It is not quite clear whether the venom spines are also utilised to catch prey, which would be quite exceptional amongst the venomous fish. 


Little is known. There are reports of fishermen in Hawaii suffering intense pain over several hours after being stung by Scomberoides sanctipetris (Halstead and Danielson 1972).



Literature (biological)

Halstead 1988, Halstead and Danielson 1972