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Trevally - Giant

Trevally - Giant
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Also known as:

GT

Barrier trevally

Lowly trevally

Common Group Name:

Trevallies

Family Name:

Carangidae

Genus Name:

Caranx

Species Name:

Caranx ignobilis


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp scutes on the tail when handling giant 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:

  • This species has a steep head profile, with colouration dusky golden to grey on top grading to silver/while below. Fins usually pigmented grey to black in adults.
  • Juveniles can have a yellow dorsal and anal fins with white tips as well as scattered small spots on the flanks. Large adults can have scattered lighter coloured vertical bars over the dorsal surface.
  • GTs are the largest trevally, with a growth potential of 170 cm and 80 +kg.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species can be encountered throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region from the Red Sea to Hawaii.
  • Adults are pelagic over sand, rock and coral, particularly common over reef edges and coral pools, while Juveniles are often found in estuaries.
  • Large individuals may be ciguatoxic.

Fish Size Common Length:

30-100 cm, maximum size around 170 cm and 80 kg. World record 72.8 kg.