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Bigeye Trevally

Caranx sexfasciatus

Jacks Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Bigeye Trevally


Common Name(s):
Turrum, Great Trevally
Description:
The Bigeye Trevally is silvery to dusky or dark on its body, especially along the back. There is a dark spot on the gill cover, but none on the pectoral fins. Juveniles are golden yellow and have 4-7 broad, dark vertical bars on the body. The breast is completely scaled. The body is not very deep with the head curving to a slightly pointed snout. The eyes are relatively large. The lateral fin is strongly curved. The straight portion consists of 28-37 scutes. The first dorsal fin has 8 spines. The second has 1 spine and 19-22 soft rays and the anal fin has 3 spins and 15-17 soft rays.
Similar Fish:
Horse-eye Jack
Feeding Habits:
The Bigeye Trevally feeds mostly at night, especially very dark nights. They feed mostly on eels and crustaceans, blennies, damselfish and other fish.
Range:
Bigeye Trevally are broadly found in tropical waters throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans from east Africa to western America.
Habitat:
Bigeye Trevally are found in rocky areas near shore as well as at outside reef drop-offs on the edge of deep tide-running channels, and in deeper waters beyond the reef.
Typical Size:
This Trevally can reach over 2 feet in length and weigh an average of 9 pounds.
World Record:
31 pounds, 8 ounces (IGFA)