Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii Click to enlarge image
A Snubnose Dart at a depth of 16 m, 'Eagle Rock', west of Ribbon Reef #10, Great Barrier Reef, off Cape Flattery, Queensland, November 2006. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    blochii
    Genus
    Trachinotus
    Family
    Carangidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to about 65 cm in length.

Introduction

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.