Giant trevally
  • Caranx ignobilis
  • EnglishName: Giant trevally
  • Local Name : Muda handhi
  • Size : Common to 80 cm; max. 1.7 m
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 8 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 18-21 rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 15-17 rays. Gill rakers on first gill arch including the rudiments, 20-24. Body depth 2.7-3.8 in fork length. Strong scutes, breast naked ventrally, typically with a small patch of prepelvic scales. Colour: Adults mainly silvery grey to black above, usually paler below. No dark spot at upper end of opercle. Fins usually uniformly pigmented grey to black.
  • Habitat and Biology: Abundant in all marine habitats to a depth of 80 m. Ubiquitous, but prefers hard bottoms. Forms loose schools. Feeds mainly on fish, but also on cuttle fish, squids and crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Widespread in Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: Caranx ignobilis is the largest of the trevallies or jacks and although small specimens may be confused with other species (e.g. C. lugubris), large specimens are unmistakable.