Caranx melampygus


Bluefin trevally NXM
Characteristic features:
Colour:

Silvery to blackish with small peppery dark spots, adults with blue second dorsal, anal and caudal fins; pectoral fins pale yellow, pelvic fins whitish; blue spots on upper sides.

Size:

Up to 100 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Associated with coral and rocky reefs and offshore areas, from the surface to 190 m depth. Juveniles may occur in estuaries, lagoons and sand flats.

Biology:

Feeds primarily on fishes. Adults are found singularly, in pairs, or in small groups. Juveniles found in estuarine areas.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly by hook-and-line, traps and gillnets.

Similar species:

Distinct from all other Caranx in having head and upper half of body bronze with blue, and covered in small blue black spots; pale ventrally; second dorsal, anal, and caudal fin electric blue; other fins pale. Head and body of juveniles and young adults silvery grey and fins pale to dusky, except pectoral fins yellow.

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