Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    chrysophrys
    Genus
    Carangoides
    Family
    Carangidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 60 cm in length.

Introduction

The Longnose Trevally is silvery to blue-green above and silver below. In Australia it is recorded from tropical waters of the central coast of Western Australia, around the north of the country, and south to northern New South Wales.

Identification

The Longnose Trevally is silvery to blue-green above and silver below. It has a black spot on the upper operculum and a long pectoral fin that reaches to the straight portion of the lateral line. This species also has a blunt snout which gives it one of its common names, the Club-nosed Trevally. The Longnose Trevally can be distinguished from several similar species by a combination of characters including the scalation of the breast (naked area of breast does not extend above the pectoral fin), the number of gill rakers (21-24) and fin ray counts (dorsal 19-20, anal 15-16).

Habitat

It occurs near coastal reefs.

Distribution

The Longnose Trevally has a widespread distribution throughout marine waters of the Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from tropical waters of the central coast of Western Australia, around the north of the country, and south to northern New South Wales. Small juveniles are sometimes seen as far south as Sydney, presumably carried south by the east Australian current.

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

Ozcam map of Longnose Trevally specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=carangoides%20chrysophrys&zoom=off#mapView

References

  1. Gunn, J.S. 1990. A Revision of Selected Genera of the Family Carangidae (Pisces) from Australian Waters. Records of the Australian Museum. Supplement 12: 1-77.
  2. 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.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557. (as Club-nosed Trevally)