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  Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis)





Giant Trevally | Caranx ignobilis photo
Giant trevally, Northwest Hawaiian Islands

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



GIANT TREVALLY FACTS

Description
The Giant Trevally is variable in colour from uniform silver to dusky golden to almost black. The underside is silver. It may have dark irregular bands on the back. The head has a steep sloping profile. The fins are usually grey to black. There is no dark spot around the gill covers. It is the largest species of trevally in Australian waters.

Size
length to 1.7m. Weight to 80kg

Habitat
Clear lagoons, seaward reefs at depths from 10m to 188m. Juveniles are found in estuaries.

Food
Feeds on fish and crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters.

Breeding
Spawns on shallow seaward reefs and offshore banks

Range
The Giant Trevally is found throughout the Indo Pacific. In Australia it is found from the central coast of Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, and south to the New South Wales central coast.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Carangidae
Genus:Caranx
Species:ignobilis
Common Name:Giant Trevally

Relatives in same Genus
  Black Trevally (C. lugubris)
  Bluefin Trevally (C. melampygus)
  Bigeye Trevally (C. sexfasciatus)