Size3.6 feet (1.1 m)
DietSmall fish and invertebrates
RangeIndo-Pacific and in the Eastern Pacific
HabitatDeep lagoons and seaward reefs
- Adult golden trevally can reach 3.6 feet (1.1 m) in length.
- The species has thick and fleshy lips and a tall crescent-shaped caudal fin.
- The color of the juvenile and young adult golden trevally is a 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.
Small juveniles of the golden trevally species will sometimes live among the tentacles of certain jellies.
- Diet consists of small fish, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
- 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).
- Oviparous (egg-laying species)
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- 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