Animal Species:Araara, Pseudocaranx georgianus (Cuvier, 1833)
The Araara is greenish-grey dorsally and silver-white ventrally. It is a schooling species that occurs in New Zealand and temperate Australian marine waters.
Standard Common Name
Blue Trevally, Blurter
The Araara is greenish-grey dorsally and silver-white ventrally. There is usually an obvious dark spot on the operculum. Juveniles have a yellow stripe along the sides of the body.
Large individuals (over 350 mm FL) develop a prominent hump on the forehead.
The species occurs in New Zealand and temperate Australian marine waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Other behaviours and adaptations
It is a schooling species. Anglers report that this fish often makes a grunting sound when caught on hook and line.
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- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
Vaniz, W.F & H.L. Jelks. 2006. Australian trevallies of the genus Pseudocaranx (Teleostei: Carangidae), with descriptionof a new species from Western Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria. 63(1): 97–106.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Carangidae, Pseudocaranx georgianus, Araara, schooling species, Blue Trevally, Blurter, greenish-grey, silver, yellow stripe, stripes or bands, hump on forehead, temperate water, marine,