Dinjerra Trevally, Pseudocaranx dinjerra Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006

Other Names: Skipjack Trevally

A Dinjerra Trevally, Pseudocaranx dinjerra, in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A silvery bluish-green trevally fading to an iridescent silvery below, with a faint yellow mid-lateral stripe along the body, a faint yellow stripe along the dorsal-fin base extending slightly onto the back, and a prominent black spot on the gill cover at the level of the pupil. The posterior margin of the upper jaw is nearly vertical.

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Dinjerra Trevally, Pseudocaranx dinjerra Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006

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Houtman Abrolhos (possibly further south to Green Head) to North-West Cape, Western Australia. The species is rarely taken north of Shark Bay.


Dorsal fin VIII + I, 23-25; Anal fin III, 19-21; Vertebrae 27-31, 14 caudal vertebrae; GIll rakers 7-10 + 19-21 = 27-31; Lateral-line scales 58-74, curved part 53-66, straight part 2-11. 
Upper jaw with posterior margin nearly vertical; lachrymal naked and expanded part of maxilla only partially covered with scales.


A pelagic species, trawled from depths of 43-60 m.

Similar Species

Pseudocaranx dinjerra differs from the Australian endemic P. wrighti in having the posterior margin of the upper jaw nearly vertical, lachrymal without scales, 19–21 versus 24–28 lower gill rakers and 53–66 versus 37–48 scales in the curved part of the lateral line. The new species is distinguished from Australian populations of P. georgianus and “dentex” primarily by having a different combination of meristic values including 14 versus 15 caudal vertebra, 19–21 versus 21–24 segmented anal-fin rays and 58–75 versus 72–95 total lateral-line scales Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006). 


The specific name dinjerra is from the Aboriginal word "dinjerra", meaning west, in reference to the Western Australian endemic status of the species.

Species Citation

Pseudocaranx dinjerra Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006, Mem. Mus. Vict. 63(1): 98, figs 2, 3A, 4, 5. Type locality: southwest of Shark Bay, WA [25°28'S, 112°27'E to 25°19'S, 112°17'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Dinjerra Trevally, Pseudocaranx dinjerra Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006


Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. (as Pseudocaranx dentex)

Bearham, D., Robert, M., Chaplin, J.A., Moore, G.I., Fairclough, D.V. & Bertram, A. 2019. Molecular evidence of three species in the Pseudocaranx dentex complex (Carangidae) in Australian waters. Marine and Freshwater Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1071/MF18445

Hutchins, J.B. 1990. Fish survey of South Passage, Shark Bay, Western Australia. pp. 263-278 in Berry, P.F., Bradshaw, S.D. & Wilson, B.R. (eds) Research in Shark Bay: Report of the France-Australe Bicentenary Expedition Committee. Perth : Western Australian Museum. (as Pseudocaranx dentex)

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 (p. 47, in part as Pseudocaranx dentex)

Hutchins, J.B. 1997. Checklist of fishes of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. pp. 239-253 in Wells, F. (ed.) The Marine Fauna and Flora of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum. (p. 247 as Pseudocaranx dentex)

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs. (p. 80, in part as Pseudocaranx dentex)

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Jelks, H.L. 2006. Australian trevallies of the genus Pseudocaranx (Teleostei: Carangidae), with description of a new species from Western Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(1): 97-106 (as Pseudocaranx sp. "dentex") http://doi.org/10.24199/j.mmv.2006.63.12, open access

Smith-Vaniz, W.F., Larson, H., Matsuura, K., Carpenter, K.E. & Motomura, H. 2018. Pseudocaranx dinjerra . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T20433442A67871500. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T20433442A67871500.en. Downloaded on 29 January 2020.

Watson, D.L., Anderson, M.J., Kendrick, G.A., Nardi, K. & Harvey, E.S. 2009. Effects of protection from fishing on the lengths of targeted and non-targeted fish species at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 384: 241-249.

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CAAB Code:37337081

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:43-160 m

Habitat:Pelagic inshore

Max Size:25 cm FL


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