Caranx heberi (Bennett, 1830)
Caranx heberi (Bennett, 1830)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Caranx heberi

English Name: Blacktip trevally

Creole Name: Karang zonn

French Name: Carangue cocole

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 19-21; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 15-17.

Compressed, oblong body with dorsal profile much more convex than ventral profile, particularly anteriorly. Adipose eyelids moderately well developed. Dentition consists 
of an outer row of widely spaced canines and an inner band of villiform teeth in the upper jaw and a row of widely spaced conical teeth on the lower jaw. Breast scalation 
variable, completely scaly to scaleless ventrally. Lateral line is moderately arched anteriorly. Caudal fin is strongly forked.

Colour: dark bronze to yellow-green dorsally, shading to silvery bronze to yellowish or yellowish green ventrally. Yellow to dusky caudal fin with distinctive black-tipped 
upper caudal lobe - especially in juvenile. Other fins range from bright yellow to dusky with little yellow at all.


Maturity: Lm 50cm FL. Range unknown. Max Length: 88cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Adults inhabit clear coastal waters, over rocky reefs, but also open sandy areas (depth 5-20m). Juveniles also found in large bays and estuaries. Solitary or in small 
shoals, with juveniles more commonly found in shoals. Benthopelagic predator feeding on reef fish, anchovies, clupeids, squid, shrimp, crabs and small crayfish.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in net fisheries particulalr those targeting smaller semi-pelagics, and in particualr when young.
It is also caught in the hand line fishery where it is an occasional and not numerous component of the catch.

Reportedly readily takes bait or lures and provide excellent sport on fly fishing tackle.





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Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Williams, I. (2016). Caranx heberi (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List 2016: e.T20430563A115376816.  (11/09/18).


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