Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fulvoguttatus
    Genus
    Carangoides
    Family
    Carangidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to about 1 m in length.

Introduction

The Turrum has small dark or brassy spots on the upper sides of the body. The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific.

Identification

The Turrum is a moderately elongate compressed fish. It is blue-green above and silvery below. It has small dark or brassy spots on the upper sides of the body. The spots usually form four or five rough bands.

Habitat

The Turrum is a pelagic species that occurs in continental shelf waters down to a depth of about 100 m. The video, above, supplied by Julia Santana Garcon (University of Western Australia) shows the fish in its pelagic habitat.

Distribution

The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to southern Queensland.

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 Turrum specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=carangoides%20fulvoguttatus&zoom=off#mapView

References

  1. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  4. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.