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Trevally - Brassy

Trevally - Brassy
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Also known as:

Papuan trevally

Tea-leaf trevally

Common Group Name:

Trevallies

Family Name:

Carangidae

Genus Name:

Caranx

Species Name:

Caranx papuensis


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp scutes on the tail when handling brassy trevally. The eating qualities of these fish is greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Juvenile brassy trevally have their dorsal flanks covered with numerous small black/brown spots, which give them a "tea-leaf" appearance. The ventral fin and the lower lobe of the tail fin of juveniles are bright yellow with white edges.
  • The spots fade in adult fish which become greyish or silverish above with a yellowish/brassy colour on the ventral flanks.
  • Brassy trevally are aggressive predators that feed primarily on smaller fishes, while juveniles also prey on crustaceans such as prawns and shrimp.

Fish Distribution:

  • Brassy trevally are found in estuaries and inshore regions at water depths from 1 to 50 meters throughout the Indo West Pacific region from southern and eastern Africa through the Indian ocean to the Caroline and Marquesan Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, and south to northern Australia.
  • In Australia they can be encountered from around Shark Bay north throughout the top end to QLD on the east coast south to northern NSW.
  • Adult brassy trevally inhabit seaward reefs, occasionally entering rivers, while the juveniles are found in estuaries up to the limits of brackish waters.

Fish Size Common Length:

30-60 cm, maximum size around 1 meter and 10 kg.