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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Bray, D.J. 2019, Trachinotus anak in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2020,

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.


Dorsal fin VI, I + 19; Anal fin II, 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.


Bray, D.J. 2019

Giant Oystercracker, Trachinotus anak Ogilby 1909


Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Walsh, S.J. 2019. Indo-West Pacific species of Trachinotus with spots on their sides as adults, with description of a new species endemic to the Marquesas Islands (Teleostei: Carangidae). Zootaxa 4651(1): 1-37.

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CAAB Code:37337073

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Coastal, pelagic

Max Size:100 cm+

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