Fringefin Trevally, Pantolabus radiatus (Macleay 1881)

Other Names: Fringe-finned Trevally, Reef Herring, Round-finned Trevally

A Fringefin Trevally, Pantolabus radiatus, from Mackay, Queensland, October 2011. Source: Bob Joynes / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial


A relatively small  olive-green to bluish-green trevally becoming silvery-white below, with a large black spot on the gill cover, orange-yellow dorsal, anal, and caudal fins, a black upper caudal-fin lobe, and white pelvic fins. Males have distinctive elongate filamentous dorsal fin-rays.

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Fringefin Trevally, Pantolabus radiatus (Macleay 1881)

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Recorded in Australia from Port Hedland, Western Australia, to Port Curtis, Queensland; also in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Inhabits coastal waters, occasionally entering estuaries and river mouths.


Dorsal-fin VIII-I, 23-26; Anal-fin II-I, 18-20; Gill rakers 11-13 + 25-28 = 36-41 total; Scutes 38-49.

Body oval, dorsal and ventral profiles equally convex. Lower jaw with single row of moderately enlarged, conical teeth; upper jaw with outer row of conical teeth bordered by inner bands of small, but not villiform, sharply pointed teeth. Adipose eyelid on posterior half of eye, well-developed. 

Lateral line moderately arched, with 33-41 scales in curved section, 0-9 scales and 38-49 scutes on straight section; second dorsal and anal fins with scaly basal sheath.


Feeds on epibenthic crustaceans.


Although not targeted commercially, the species is often taken as bycatch in prawn trawl fisheries, especially in turbid waters; also caught by recreational anglers.


The specific name radiatus, is from Latin meaning 'radiating' in reference to the elongated dorsal and anal filaments.

Species Citation

Caranx radiatus Macleay, 1881, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 1 5(4): 537. Type locality: Rockingham Bay, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Fringefin Trevally, Pantolabus radiatus (Macleay 1881)


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CAAB Code:37337047

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Coastal marine, estuarine waters

Max Size:40 cm TL

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