Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Perciformes > Family: Carangidae > Genus: Naucrates > Species: Naucrates ductor

Pilotfish - Naucrates ductor (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Fanfan Serbian Fishbase
Fanfano Italian Fishbase
Fanfru Maltese Fishbase
Gofari Greek Fishbase
Kilavuz Turkish Fishbase
Kilavuz baligi Turkish Fishbase
Kolaouzos Greek Fishbase
Lodsfisk Danish Fishbase
Loodsmannetje Dutch Fishbase
Losfisk Norwegian Fishbase
Lotsenfisch German Fishbase
Lotsfisk Swedish Fishbase
Lotsman Bulgarian Fishbase
Luotsikala Finnish Fishbase
Malta palamutu Turkish Fishbase
Maltapalamudii Turkish Fishbase
Peixe-piloto Portuguese Fishbase
Pesce pilota Italian Fishbase
Peshk pilot Albanian Fishbase
Peste pilot Romanian Fishbase
Pez piloto Spanish Fishbase
Pilot Polish Fishbase
Pilot Slovenian Fishbase
Pilotfish English Fishbase
Piloto Portuguese Fishbase
Pilotos Greek Fishbase
Poisson pilote French Fishbase
Pratibrod Serbian Fishbase
Ryba pilot Polish Fishbase
Ryba-lotsman Russian Fishbase
Skusac Serbian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Naucrates indicus Lesson, 1831
Gasterosteus ductor Linnaeus, 1758
Naucrates angeli Whitley, 1931
Coryphaena pentadactyla (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Hemitripteronotus quinquemaculatus Lacepède, 1801
Naucrates fanfarus Rafinesque, 1810
Naucrates noveboracensis Cuvier, 1832
Seriola dussumieri Valenciennes, 1833
Seriola succinta Valenciennes, 1833
Nauclerus compressus Valenciennes, 1833
Nauclerus abreviatus Valenciennes, 1833
Nauclerus brachycentrus Valenciennes, 1833
Nauclerus triacanthus Valenciennes, 1833
Nauclerus annularis Valenciennes, 1833
Nauclerus leucurus Valenciennes, 1833
Naucrates cyanophrys Swainson, 1839
Naucrates serratus Swainson, 1839
Thynnus pompilus Gronow, 1854
Naucrates polysarcus Fowler, 1905

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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