Bludger (fish)

Bludger (fish)

Taxobox
name = Bludger


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regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Perciformes
familia = Carangidae
genus = "Carangoides"
species = "C. gymnostethus"
binomial = "Carangoides gymnostethus"
binomial_authority = Cuvier, 1833

Also known as Bleeker's jackfish, the bludger trevally and the nakedbreast trevally. [FishBase_species|genus=carangoides|species=gymnostethus|year=2007|month=5]

Range

Red Sea and East Africa to New Caledonia, and as far as the Great Barrier Reef. Recently reported from Tonga.

Description

The bludger reaches up to 90cm in length and 14.5kg in weight. The species "Carangoides fulvoguttatus" is very similar but has more spots on its sides.

Diet

The bludger feeds on shrimp and small fish.

Habitat

Inhabits deep offshore reefs, being mostly found near corals and rocks. Juveniles form small schools while large individuals are solitary.

Points of note

It is known to be an excellent food fish.

References


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