Orangespotted Trevally (species: Flavocaranx bajad) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Flavocaranx bajad
Orangespotted Trevally

©Paul Caiger: Flavocaranx bajad at Day Reef near Lizard Island. Thanks to Rudie Kuiter for the identification.

©Paul Caiger: Another specimen of Flavocaranx bajad at Day Reef. Photo identification by Rudie Kuiter.

©Paul Caiger: Yet another specimen of Flavocaranx bajad at Day Reef. Photo id by Rudie Kuiter.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae
Genus Flavocaranx
Species Flavocaranx bajad



Distinguishing features

Silver with yellow/orange spots on sides to bright yellow all over.


  • Up to 60 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



The soft part of the dorsal fin is dark in the four partially-yellow specimens photographed here. This was noticed by Rudie Kuiter who noted that this is also the case in his photos of Indonesian specimens. As well, several specimens photographed here from the Lizard Island area have several (4-6) indistinct narrow, pale, vertical bands on the sides.

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.
  • Kimura, S., S. Takeuchi and T. Yadome (2022). Generic revision of the species formerly belonging to the genus Carangoides and its related genera (Carangiformes: Carangidae). Ichthyological Research, doi 10.1007-s10228-021-00850-1. LIRS catalog number 90425.