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  Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus)





Bluefin Trevally | Caranx melampygus photo
Bluefin trevally, Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Image by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Bluefin Trevally | Caranx melampygus photo
Bluefin Trevally

Image by eNil - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BLUEFIN TREVALLY FACTS

Description
The Bluefin Trevally has electric blue second dorsal fin, anal fins and tail. The upper half of the body is grey to brassy with scattered small blue-black spots. Juveniles have pale to dusk fins apart from pectoral fins which are yellow. Usually seen singly or less commonly in small schools.

Size
length to 1.1m. Weight to 44kg.

Habitat
coastal and oceanic species found around reefs at depths to 190m. Juveniles found in shallow sandy inshore waters, and in river estuaries.

Food
Feeds on other fish and crustaceans

Range
The Bluefin Trevally is found throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found in tropical waters from around Margaret River, Western Australia to around Sydney, New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Carangidae
Genus:Caranx
Species:melampygus
Common Name:Bluefin Trevally

Relatives in same Genus
  Giant Trevally (C. ignobilis)
  Black Trevally (C. lugubris)
  Bigeye Trevally (C. sexfasciatus)