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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-Pacific in the Red Sea, along the east coast of Africa to the Hawaiian and Marquesan islands, north to southern Japan and the Ogasawara Islands, and south to northern Australia.
  • Adults are solitary in clear lagoon and seaward reefs. 
  • Found at depths between 33 to 328 feet (10 -100 m).
  • The juvenile of this species is found in small schools over sandy inshore bottoms or estuaries.

Physical Characteristics

  • Largest trevally, usually reaching 5.7 feet (1.7 m) in length and about 132 lbs. (60 kg). The maximum published weight is 176 lbs. (80.0 kg).
  • Head and body are dusky golden dorsally and silver ventrally. Fins are gray to black.
  • Has a steep forehead.

Diet / Feeding

  • Feeds nocturnally on crustaceans, such as crabs and spiny lobsters, and fish.

Reproduction / Growth

  • Spawns on shallow seaward reefs and offshore banks.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Large individuals may be ciguatoxic, meaning the flesh is poisonous to people.
  • Member of the jack family, Carangidae.


Micronesian Reef Fishes. Myers, R. F., pg. 138
Coral Reef Fishes. Lieske, E. and Myers, R., pgs. 41 – 42
Photo Credit: Dr. Al Dove