Bumpnose Trevally, Atropus hedlandensis (Whitley 1934)

Other Names: Bump-nosed Trevally, Epaulet Trevally, Long-finned Trevally, Port Hedland Trevally

A Bumpnose Trevally, Atropus hedlandensis, at Direction island, north of Onslow, Western Australia, June 2018. Source: Glen Whisson / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A deep-bodied greenish-blue trevally with a silvery belly, a blackish blotch on the upper part of the gill cover and a yellowish tail. Adult males have 3-8 filamentous rays in the middle of the dorsal and anal fins.
This species was previously known as Carangoides hedlandensis.

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Atropus hedlandensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4263

Bumpnose Trevally, Atropus hedlandensis (Whitley 1934)

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Recorded in Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Hervey Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific (east to Samoa).


Dorsal fin IX, 20-22; Anal fin III, 16-18, Lateral line with 17-29 scutes.
Adult males with the middle dorsal and anal rays filamentous.


Taken by hook-and-line, and in bottom trawls.


The species is named for the type locality: Port Hedland, Western Australia.

Species Citation

Olistus hedlandensis Whitley 1934, Rec. Aust. Mus. 19(2): 156, fig. 2. Type locality:  Port Hedland, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2023


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Bumpnose Trevally, Atropus hedlandensis (Whitley 1934)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Blaber, S.J.M., Young, J.W. & Dunning, M.C. 1985. Community structure and zoogeographic affinities of the coastal fishes of the Dampier region of north-western Australia. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 45(3): 375-396, https://doi.org/10.1071/MF9940375 (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Grant, E.M. 2002. Guide to Fishes. Redcliffe : EM Grant Pty Ltd 880 pp. (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Gunn, J.S. 1990. A revision of selected genera of the family Carangidae (Pisces) from Australian waters. Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 12: 1-77 https://doi.org/10.3853/j.0812-7387.12.1990.92 (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Kimura, S., Takeuchi, S. & Yadome, T. 2022. Generic revision of the species formerly belonging to the genus Carangoides and its related genera (Carangiformes: Carangidae). Ichthyological Research 69: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-021-00850-1

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds). The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp.

Lin, P.-L. & Shao, K.-T. 1999. A Review of the Carangid Fishes (Family Carangidae) From Taiwan with Descriptions of Four New Records. Zoological Studies 38(1): 33–68 (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Ramm, D.C., Pender, P.J., Willing, R.S. & Buckworth, R.C. 1990. Large-scale spatial patterns of abundance within the assemblage of fish caught by prawn trawlers in Northern Australian waters. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 41(1): 79-95. (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1999. Family Carangidae. pp. 2659-2756 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 2069-2790 pp. (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Williams, I. 2016. Carangoides hedlandensis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20429787A115374477. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T20429787A65927733.en. Downloaded on 17 January 2018.

Whitley, G.P. 1934. Studies in Ichthyology No. 8. Records of the Australian Museum 19(2): 153-163 figs 1-3 https://doi.org/10.3853/j.0067-1975.19.1934.695

Williams, F., Heemstra, P.C. & Shameen, A. 1980. Notes on the Indo-Pacific carangid fishes of the genus Carangoides Bleeker. II. The Carangoides armatus group. Bulletin of Marine Science 30(1): 13-20 figs 1-3 (as Carangoides hedlandensis)

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CAAB Code:37337042

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-40 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Max Size:32 cm TL

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