Rainbow Runner (species: Elagatis bipinnulata) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Elagatis bipinnulata
Rainbow Runner

©Anne Hoggett: Rainbow Runner about 40 cm long at Kevin's Reef near Lizard Island

©Alex Vail: A school of Rainbow Runner at MacGillivray Reef. These specimens are about 50 cm long.

©Lyle Vail: Rainbow Runner (Elagatis bipinnulata) at Day Reef near Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae
Genus Elagatis
Species Elagatis bipinnulata



Distinguishing features

Long slender silver fish with a pair of widely-separated pale blue stripes from eye to tail and a deeply-forked tail.


  • Up to 120 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Maximum size (Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©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.
  • Leis, J.M. and B.M. Carson-Ewart (2000). Larvae of Indo-Pacific Coastal Fishes Brill, Leiden, pp. 1-850. LIRS catalog number 660.
  • 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.
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