Skipjack Trevally, Pseudocaranx wrighti (Whitley 1931)

Other Names: Sand Trevally, Silver Trevally

Skipjack Trevally, Pseudocaranx wrighti. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A steely-blue trevally with a small well-defined solid black spot on the upper margin of the gill cover that is approximately pupil diameter, transparent or dusky green second dorsal and anal fins (never with yellow pigmentation), and no yellow mid-lateral body stripe. Juveniles have narrow grey bands along the sides.The rear margin of the upper jaw slopes posteroventrally.

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Skipjack Trevally, Pseudocaranx wrighti (Whitley 1931)

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Endemic to southern Australia, from southern New South Wales and Bass Strait, Victoria, to the Rottnest Island area, with a record from Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia.


Dorsal fin VIII + I, 22-26; Anal fin III, 20-22; Caudal fin 17; Pectoral fin 17-19; Pelvic fion I, 5; Lateral-line scales 44-58 scales + 16-25 scutes; Gill rakers 11-14 + 24-28.
Posterior margin of upper jaw canted posteroventrally; lachrymal and expanded part of maxilla densely covered with scales; caudal vertebra 14; gill rakers 10–15 upper, 24–28 lower, 35–43 total; scales in curved part of lateral line 37–48.


This is the smallest smallest species of Pseudocaranx, rarely exceeding 200 mm FL.


Steely blue, silvery below, with discrete small black spot on upper margin of opercule; juveniles with narrow grey bands on sides but without a mid-lateral yellow stripe.


Juveniles usually occur in large schools and are often taken in considerable numbers by prawn trawlers working along the South Australian coast.

Similar Species

This species has long been confused with the widespread Silver Trevally, Pseudocaranx georgianus, which it closely resembles.  

Species Citation

Usacaranx georgianus wrighti Whitley 1931, Aust. Zool. 6(4): 317. Type locality: Kingston, South Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Australian Faunal Directory

Skipjack Trevally, Pseudocaranx wrighti (Whitley 1931)


Bearham, D., Robert, M., Chaplin, J.A., Moore, G.I., Fairclough, D.V. & Bertram, A. 2019. Molecular evidence of three species in the Pseudocaranx dentex complex (Carangidae) in Australian waters. Marine and Freshwater Research

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Family Carangidae. pp. 582-590 figs 516-522 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. 

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Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2008. Family Carangidae. pp. 575-581 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

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CAAB Code:37337063

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:20+ cm FL


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