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Caranx sexfasciatus


Bigeye Trevally

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General Information

COMMON NAMES: Bigeye Trevally, Bigeye Kingfish; German Grossaugen-Makrele; French Carangue Vorace, Carangue aux Gros Yeux, Carangue Têtue

TRADITIONAL NAMES: Kokokiva / Kōmuri (RR), Nato (MG), Ruporupo < Rupo < Tapauru < Urua (AT), ‘Ōmiri (MT), Kōmuri (AK TW), Komuri (PL), Kōmuli (TS PK NS); Other Polynesian - Omuri (TAH), Komuri (TUA), Matanui (MQA)

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: NATIVE e.Africa - Tuamotus, Hawai‘i - tropical America; n. to s.Japan; s. to Norfolk

COOK ISLANDS STATUS: Native; PLUS: Both Groups. Occassional in N.Group, rare in S.Group. Passages and outer slope.; Marine, near-shore

KEY FEATURES: To 80cm SL, depth 3-4 in SL. Long curving face. Silvery blue-green to grey above, silvery-white to yellowish below; small black spot on gill cover; strong scutes ± black. Fins grey, 2nd Dorsal lobe tip white; sometimes Anal and Tail tinged yellow. Juveniles with 4-7 broad cross bands. Breast completely scaled. GENUS FEATURES see Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus).

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Cook Islands Distribution

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Southern Group: Present    Makatea:

Northern Group: Present

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Scientific Taxonomy

Caranx sexfasciatus Quoy and Gaimard, 1825
TAXONOMY: ANIMALIA; CHORDATA; GNATHOSTOMATA (Jawed Vertebrates); PISCES; OSTEICHTHYES; Perciformes; Percoidei; Percoidea; CARANGIDAE, Caranginae

Vouchers & References

Cooks: Chan, Talbot & Sukhavisidh 1974, Carangidae... FAO Species ID sheets. Areas 57&71 vol.1. Mangaia: known to residents (Clerk81). Mauke: field-specimen, ruporupo stage, College coll., 3/2001, ID GMcC. Aitutaki: field-specimen, NBSAP School, 12/2000, ID GM. Palmerston: reported (Preston95). Manihiki: field ID Sims (Sims88). Pukapuka: fieldspecimen+photo, 2/2004, G.McCormack with ID as Caranx sexfasciatus. Suwarrow: field ID Sims (Sims88 & EIA99).

Special Reference: Chan, Talbot & Sukhavisidh 1974, Carangidae... FAO Species ID sheets. Areas 57&71 vol.1.

text p.131 Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
plate 46d Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
p.162 Randall et al. (1990) Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef....
p.247 Burgess et al. (1988) Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes (TFH)
plate 42-04 Lieske & Myers (1996) Coral Reef Fishes
plate 38-08 Allen (1997) Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia....
Species No. 375 Munro (1967) Fishes of New Guinea

Data Update History (information):
zTX, zB02, zM02, zupM06a, zD02

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Citation Information

McCormack, Gerald (2007) Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Online at Copy citation to system clipboard
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