Trevallys (Carangidae)


More Trevallys


Catch fish using nets, spear, hook and line, or traps. Be mindful of ciguatera toxin and check the news for a possible outbreak in the area.


Keep fish chilled in a cooler or refrigerator. Can be frozen for longer storage.


  • Wash fish well before use.
  • Remove the guts with a knife.

Photo Source

Fishes of Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park


Trevallys have a compressed body that sometimes taper at both ends and are silver in color. Their tails have a strong fork shape, and scales are small with smooth edges (Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, Guam Department of Agriculture; Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, 2006; Myers, 1999).

Bigeye & Brassy

1.  Bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus)
Has a white tip on the top fin and a large patch of fatty tissue behind the eye. Can be found in schools swimming in deep lagoon, channel, and seaward reefs.


2.  Brassy trevally (Caranx papuensis)
Has a bronze to greenish color with scattered black specks. Can be found over lagoon and seaward reefs

Bluefin & Giant

3.  Bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus)
Is similar to the brassy trevally but has blue fins. Can be found in clear lagoons, seaward reefs, and inshore reefs.


4.  Giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis)
Also known as the great white trevally, it is silver to silvery-black in color and has a steep head profile. Can be found over the reef and on seaward reefs.

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – i’e’e 1,2,3; tarakitu 1,2,3; mamulan 4
  • Hawaiian – pake ulua 1; ‘omilu 3; ulua aukea 4
  • Kosraean – srapsrap 1; lalot 1; sra 1; srap 3,4
  • Marshallese – ikbwij 1; lane 3
  • Palauan – esuuch 1; iab 2; oruidl 3; cherobk 4; chederobk 4
  • Pohnpeian – oarong; adam 1; oarong pil 2
  • Samoan – malauli-matalapoʻa 1; malauili-sinasama 2; atugaloloa 3; alauli-apamoana 3; sapo-anae 4
  • Yapese – langiuwe; yetame 1; yapwu 4