Size5.7 feet (1.7 m)
DietFeeds nocturnally on crustaceans, such as crabs and spiny lobsters, and fish
RangeIndo-Pacific along east coast of Africa, Japan, and south to northern Australia
HabitatCoastal waters, commonly near bays and estuaries
- 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).
- Has a steep forehead.
- Head and body are dusky golden dorsally and silver ventrally. Fins are gray to black.
The giant trevally and other trevally are all members of the jack family.
- Feeds nocturnally on crustaceans, such as crabs and spiny lobsters, and fish.
- 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.
- Spawns on shallow seaward reefs and offshore banks.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- 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