Pseudocaranx sp 'dentex' (of Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006 )

Other Names: a trevally

Pseudocaranx sp "dentex" at Comet's Hole, in the Lord Howe Lagoon, January 2009. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A silver trevally known from Queensland and the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea (and possibly Norfolk Island)Smith-Vaniz & Jelks (2006) suggested that what has previously been referred to as P. dentex in Australia may belong a different species.

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Pseudocaranx sp 'dentex' (of Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006 )

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North Reef Light to Cape Moreton, Queensland, and Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Lord Howe Island, and possibly Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere P. dentex occurs in subtropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic-Indo-west Pacific (largely antitropical).


Gill rakers (lower limb) 24-27, (total) 36-41; Caudal vertebrae 15.
Posterior margin of upper jaw nearly vertical; scales absent from lachrymal. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Australian Faunal Directory

Pseudocaranx sp 'dentex' (of Smith-Vaniz & Jelks 2006 )


AFMA 2010. Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery Data Summary 2006-2009. Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Canberra. 20 pp.

Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 (as Caranx nobilis)

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

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 

Gill, A.C. & Reader, S.E. 1992. Fishes. pp. 90-93, 193-228 in Hutchings, P. (ed.) Reef Biology. A Survey of Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, South Pacific. Canberra : Australian National Parks Vol. 3, Kowari 230 pp.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) (as Pseudocaranx cf dentex)

Ogilby, J.D. 1889. The reptiles and fishes of Lord Howe Island. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 2(3): 51-74 pls 2-3 (as Caranx georgianus)

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2  (as Pseudocaranx dentex)

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Jelks, H.L. 2006. Australian trevallies of the genus Pseudocaranx (Teleostei: Carangidae), with description of a new species from Western Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(1): 97-106 DOI, open access (as Pseudocaranxsp. "dentex") 

Whitley, G.P. 1937. The Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs, South Pacific Ocean. The Australian Zoologist 8(4): 199-231 figs 13-14 (as Usacaranx insulanorum)

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