Body silvery, with a yellow, deeply forked, tail. Dorsal and upper tail fin usually with dark tips. A black spot posteriorly on the gill cover is small or absent. The scutes of the body tend to be dusky or blackish. Pectoral fin pointed, without a spot (C. latus). The young have broad blackish bars on the body.
Size up to 1 m.
A pelagic schooling fish, usually found in offshore reefs. Juveniles are encountered along shores of sandy beaches, also over mud bottoms.
Common to occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.
The related Crevalle jack (Caranx hippos) has a blackish blotch on the pectoral fin.