Caranx papuensis

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Caranx papuensis
Caranx papuensis, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Caranx papuensis
Caranx papuensis, Torres Strait, Qld, Photo: Andrew Green
Caranx papuensis
Caranx papuensis, Queensland, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Caranx papuensis
Caranx papuensis
Caranx papuensis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Head profile slightly curved, lower tail lobe (and sometimes anal fin lobe) with thin white margin, small white spot behind upper rear edge of opercle, large adults with small black spots on upper body. Carangoides oblongus (Coachwhip Trevally) also has white-margined lower tail lobe, but has shorter body and longer dorsal and anal fin lobes.


Max Size: 88 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.3-30.6°C

Depth: 1-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.47

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.6% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (15 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland