Double-spotted Queenfish (species: Scomberoides lysan) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Scomberoides lysan
Double-spotted Queenfish

©David Randall: Scomberoides lysanon the outer slope of Yonge Reef near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Double-spotted Queenfish at Hicks Reef, 14 January 2012. Note the double series of indistinct blotches on the sides, the dark patch on the dorsal fin, and the relative position of mouth and eye.

©Anne Hoggett: Double-spotted Queenfish hunting on the reef flat at Hicks Reef (with two Bluefin Trevally below). 
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae
Genus Scomberoides
Species Scomberoides lysan



Distinguishing features

A fast-swimming silver fish with a distinctly dark patch on the dorsal fin. Adults have a double series of six to eight slightly darker blotches, one above and one below the lateral line - these may not be easy to see. The mouth extends to or beyond the rear margin of the eye.


  • Up to 70 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • 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.

Other references

  • Heiniger, H., N.L. Gunter and R.D. Adlard (2011). Re-establishment of the family Coccomyxidae and description of five novel species of Auerbachia and Coccomyxa (Myxosporea: Bivalvulida) parasites from Australian fishes. Parasitology, 138: 501-515. LIRS catalog number 1488.
  • Stewart, B.D. (1998). Interactions between piscivorous coral reef fishes and their prey, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Australia. LIRS catalog number 593.
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