Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii (Lacépède 1801)

Other Names: Buck-nosed Trevally, Dart, Oyster Cracker, Oyster Eater, Oyster-eater, Snub-nose Dart, Snubnose Pompano, Snub-nosed Dart, Snubnosed Pompano, Snub-nosed Swallowtail

A Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii, on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef life Survey. License: CC By Attribution

A relatively deep-bodied dart usually found around rocky and coral reefs. Body silvery bluish-grey above, paler below, sometimes with a golden-orange tinge, especially on snout and lower half of body. Juveniles are silvery with pale fins, except for brownish to brownish-orange lobes of median fins and anterior half of pelvic fins.

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Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii (Lacépède 1801)

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Shark Bay region and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, around the tropical north to Batemans Bay, New South Wales on the southeast coast; also Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific.

Inhabits shallow coastal waters around coral and rocky reefs, feeding mostly on molluscs. Juveniles usually school in shallow sandy and muddy areas, often around river mouths, and along sandy shores.


Carnivore - feeds on hard-shelled invertebrates, especially molluscs such as oysters.


Of minor commercial importance, particularly in artisanal fisheries, and aquacultured in some areas. Also a popular sports fish and displayed in public aquaria.


The species is presumably named for the physician-naturalist Marcus Elieser Bloch, a leading ichthyologists in the 18th century.

Species Citation

Caesiomorus blochii Lacépède 1801,  Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 3: 92, 95, pl. 3(2). Type locality: not stated in publication (= Fort Dauphin, near Tôlanaro, southeastern Madagascar).


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii (Lacépède 1801)


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CAAB Code:37337075

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-55 m

Fishing:Sports and minor commercial fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:110 cm FL

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