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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific and in the Eastern Pacific from the southwestern coast of Baja California and the Gulf of California to Ecuador.
  • Found in deep lagoons and seaward reefs at depths to about 33 feet (10 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Adult golden trevally can reach 3.6 feet (110 cm) in length.
  • The color of the juvenile and young adult golden trevally is bright yellow to silvery with alternating broad and narrow black bars. The fins are yellow. 
  • The adults are silver in color and have a few black blotches or spots on their sides. If bars are present, they are very faint. 
  • The species has thick and fleshy lips and a tall crescent-shaped caudal fin.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of small fish, crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • The small juvenile golden trevally will live among the tentacles of jellyfish.
  • Juveniles and adults form schools. 
  • Noted for its behavior of swimming closely around sharks and other large fish to gain protection from likely predators. It will also swim close to divers.
  • Golden trevally is commercially fished in small numbers and sold fresh, dried or salted. 
  • Raised in fish farms for food and the aquarium trade.

Coral Reef Fishes. Lieske, E. and Myers, R., pg. 41