Brassy Trevally (species: Caranx papuensis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Caranx papuensis
Brassy Trevally

©Anne Hoggett: Caranx papuensis at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island

©Lyle Vail: Caranx papuensis at Day Reef near Lizard Island. Note white spot behind gill cover, lower tail lobe yellowish with narrow white margin.

©Lyle Vail: Caranx papuensis on the reef flat on the SE side of South Island, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae
Genus Caranx
Species Caranx papuensis



Distinguishing features

A silver fish with bronze tint in certain light, many small dark spots on sides. Most individuals have a noticeable white spot at top of gill cover, behind a much smaller dark spot. Lower lobe of tail fin yellowish with a narrow white border. Tip of anal fin also pale.


  • Up to 80 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Small specimens (to 40 cm) frequently seen near Casuarina Beach. Large schools of larger individuals (to 60 cm) sometimes present at Cobia Hole.

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.
  • 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.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1997). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea: Second edition Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.
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