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Giant trevally

Caranx ignobilis

(Image credit: David Harasti)

Robust silver body with rounded head profile. Body colour is usually silver fading down to a white underside, but can be almost black on top fading down to a light grey. Fins are darker than body, usually black in colour. Very thin tail section with sharp scutes. Some darker individuals have light silver lines running along the upper back. Small black spots are dispersed on the sides. Lacks a dark spot over the gills, as found in other trevally species.

Length: Up to 1.5 m


Juveniles in estuaries. Adults found in deeper water around coral reef and drop offs; 20-40 m depth

Log it

Log it in New South Wales if spotted south of Solitary Island Marine Park

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 1

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