Brassy Trevally (species: Caranx papuensis) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Caranx papuensis
Brassy Trevally

©Lyle Vail: Caranx papuensis on the reef flat on the SE side of South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Lyle Vail: Caranx papuensis at Day Reef near Lizard Island. Note white spot behind gill cover, lower tail lobe yellowish with narrow white margin.

©Anne Hoggett: Caranx papuensis at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae
Genus Caranx
Species Caranx papuensis



Distinguishing features

A silver fish with bronze tint in certain light, many small dark spots on sides. Most individuals have a noticeable white spot at top of gill cover, behind a much smaller dark spot. Lower lobe of tail fin yellowish with a narrow white border. Tip of anal fin also pale.


  • Up to 80 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Small specimens (to 40 cm) frequently seen near Casuarina Beach. Large schools of larger individuals (to 60 cm) sometimes present at Cobia Hole.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1997). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea: Second edition Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.
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