Giant Queenfish, Scomberoides commersonnianus Lacépède 1801

Other Names: Giant Dart, Giant Leatherskin, Leatherskin, Queenfish, Queenie, Skinny, Skinny Fish, Skinnyfish, Skinny-fish, Talang Queenfish, White Fish

A Giant Queenfish, Scomberoides commersonnianus, at Thevenard Island, Western Australia, May 2010. Source: Nigel Marsh / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A queenfish with a single row of 5-6 large dark silvery spots or blotches touching or above the lateral line, a large mouth extending well beyond the eye, and no dark tip on the dorsal-fin lobe.

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Giant Queenfish, Scomberoides commersonnianus Lacépède 1801

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Northern Australia, from off Cape Cuvier, Western Australia, to the Gold Coast, Queensland; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.


A voracious predator - feeds on a range of bony fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans.


Females mature at 63 cm FL and 4–5 years. Spawning occurs between August and March, and it is estimated that mature females produce more than 250,000 eggs per spawning.


An important part of inshore commercial and sport fisheries in Australia.


The species is named in honour of French naturalist Philibert Commerçon. Lacepède based his description on Commerson's illustration and notes.

Species Citation

Scomberoides commersonnianus Lacépède 1801, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 3: 50, 53, pl. 20(3). Type locality: Madagascar.


Bray, D.J. 2024


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Giant Queenfish, Scomberoides commersonnianus Lacépède 1801


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37337032

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous fin spines

Depth:0-100 m

Fishing:Commercial & sport fish

Habitat:Pelagic, reefs & estuaries

Max Size:120 cm TL

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