Giant Oystercracker, Trachinotus anak Ogilby 1909

Other Names: Giant Oystercracker Dart, Oyster Pompano, Oyster-eater

Giant Oystercracker, Trachinotus anak. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Body a silvery greenish to bluish-grey above, paler below, sometimes with a bronze or greenish-golden tinge; second dorsal and caudal fins dusky orange to nearly black with darker leading edges and fin tips; anal fin a bright to a brownish-yellow; pelvic fins pale to bright yellow; pectoral fins dark. 

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Giant Oystercracker, Trachinotus anak Ogilby 1909

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Known in Australia from Darwin, Northern Territory, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Found elsewhere in New Caledonia and Taiwan.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VI, I + 19; Anal finII, I + 17; Pectoral fin i + 18; Gill rakers 6 + 10; Vertebrae 10 +14. 

Body compressed, oval in young to suboval in large adults; snout broadly rounded; upper jaw reaching to below the middle of eye. Lateral line weakly convex above pectoral fins, becoming straight posteriorly. Scutes and caudal-peduncle grooves absent.


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CAAB Code:37337073

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Coastal, pelagic

Max Size:100 cm+

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