Black trevally
  • Caranx lugubris
  • EnglishName: Black trevally
  • Local Name : Kalha handhi
  • Size : Max. 85 cm
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 8 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 20-22 rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 16-19 rays. Lobe of dorsal fin relatively long. Breast completely scaled. Profile of head relatively steep and regular. Colour: Body and fins mostly uniform grey to black. A small dark spot at upper end of opercle, and scutes often black.
  • Habitat and Biology: Commonly seen on outer reef slopes and clear offshore waters usually in 25-65 m. Feeds primarily on fish.
  • Distribution: Circumtropical around oceanic islands.
  • Remarks: Caranx lugubris is most likely to be confused with C. ignobilis from which it can be distinguished by its darker colouration, head profile and completely scaled breast.