Animal Species:Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii (Lacépède, 1801)

The Snubnose Dart has a steep, blunt snout. The species occurs in coral reef, inshore and rocky reef habitats in tropical waters from the Indo-west Pacific to the Central Pacific.

Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Snubnose Dart

Alternative Name/s

Buck-nosed Trevally, Dart, Oyster Cracker, Oyster Eater, Snub-nosed Swallowtail, Snubnosed Pompano

Identification

The Snubnose Dart is a compressed fish with a steep, blunt snout and very long leading fin rays in the dorsal and anal fins. It is silver coloured, often paler below. The anal fin is dusky orange, the lobe often with a brownish anterior margin.

Size range

The species grows to about 65 cm in length.

Distribution

In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south on the east coast to southern 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.

Trachinotus blochii

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Snubnose Dart specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The Snubnose Dart is a pelagic species that occurs in coral reef, inshore and rocky reef habitats in tropical waters from the Indo-west Pacific to the Central Pacific.

Classification

Species:
blochii
Genus:
Trachinotus
Family:
Carangidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. 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
Last Updated:

Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii, Carangidae, steep snout, blunt snout, coral reef, inshore water, rocky reef, tropical water, marine, Buck-nosed Trevally, Dart, Oyster Cracker, Oyster Eater, Snub-nosed Swallowtail, Snubnosed Pompano, compressed body, silver, pale underside, 30 cm - 1 m, pelagic,