Animal Species:Bigeye Trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

The Bigeye Trevally is blue-green in colour above and silvery below. It occurs in tropical and warm temperate marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Bigeye Trevally

Identification

The Bigeye Trevally is blue-green above and silvery below. The dorsal and anal fin tips are white. The caudal fin is yellowish to black.

There is a black spot on the upper operculum and dark scutes along the straight portion of the lateral line. The posterior portion of the eye is covered by a gelatinous eyelid.

Size range

The species grows to 85 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical and warm temperate marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the south-western coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to the central coast of New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Caranx sexfasciatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Bigeye Trevally specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
sexfasciatus
Genus:
Caranx
Family:
Carangidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  6. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fish, ichthyology, Caranx sexfasciatus, Bigeye Trevally, pelagic, Carangidae, blue-green, silver underside, tropical water, temperate water, dots/spots, gelatinous eyelid, 30 cm - 1 m,