Blue trevally
  • Carangoides ferdau
  • EnglishName: Blue trevally
  • Local Name : Dhabaru handhi
  • Size : Max. 70 cm
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 8 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 26-34 rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 21-26 rays. Gill rakers on first gill arch including the rudiments, 24-29. Snout bluntly rounded. Breast naked ventrally to origin of pelvic fins. Naked patch at the base of pectoral fin. Colour: Silvery. Numerous inconspicuous golden spots present on sides mainly above level of pectoral fins. Adults often with 5-6 dusky bands on sides.
  • Habitat and Biology: Coastal waters; semi-demersal, found at depths from 5 to 60 m. Occurs singly or in small aggregations. Feeds on crustaceans or small fish.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: The many golden spots on the sides of Carangoides ferdau give it its Dhivehi name ‘Dhabaru handhi’ (Rusty trevally), even though there are a number of other species with more conspicuous orange markings.