Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis (Forsskål 1775)


Other Names: Barrier Trevally, Lowly Trevally

A Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis, at Guam, Marianas Islands. Source: David Burdick / http://guamreeflife.com/. License: All rights reserved

Summary:

A very large silvery or dusky golden to almost black trevally, sometimes with dark bands along the back. The Giant Trevally has a steep head profile, robust scutes along the rear of the straight part of the lateral line, and no dark spot on the rear part of the gill cover.

Video of a large school of Giant Trevally at Day Reef near Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.


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Bray, D.J. 2019, Caranx ignobilis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/4268

Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis (Forsskål 1775)

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Distribution

Perth, Western Australia, around the tropical north to Wattamolla, New South Wales, including Rowley Shoals, Scott/Seringapatam Reefs, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Timor Sea, reefs in the Coral Sea, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island. Elsewhere, widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific. Giant Trevally are pelagic over habitats including rocky areas, coral reef channels, inner and seaward reefs, and over inshore sand flats. They often cruise along reef drop-offs in search of prey. Juveniles often form small schools over sandy inshore areas.

Feeding

Feeds mostly on demersal and pelagic fishes, and also consumes crustaceans and cephalopods.

Biology

Forms spawning aggregations during summer on shallow seaward reefs and offshore areas.

Fisheries

Targeted by recreational fishers throughout its range.

Species Citation

Scomber ignobilis Forsskål, 1775, Descriptiones animalium : 55. Type locality: Djedda and Lohaja, Red Sea.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis (Forsskål 1775)

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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37337027

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-188 m

Depth:Ciguatera poisoning reported

Fishing:Popular commercial & gamefish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:180 cm TL; 86.6 kg

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