Golden Trevally

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Gnathanodon speciosus - (Forskåll, 1775)
Golden Trevally

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Attractive juveniles grow to a maximum of 33 lbs (15 kg), too large for most aquariums. Scott W. Michael


An eyecatching species, often available to aquarists as brightly colored juveniles. They make an appealing schooling fish, but will outgrow all but the largest aquariums.

Family: Carangidae

Other common name(s):

  • Golden Jack
  • Pilotfish

Native range:

Habitat: Ranges widely, often in the company of sharks. Deep lagoons, offshore areas, juveniles are found in among the tentacles of jellyfishes.

Maximum length: 120 cm (47 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 1893 L (500 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.


Carnivore. In the wild hunts for crustaceans and meaty prey in the substrate.

Aquarium Compatibility

Will eat small fishes and ornamental crustaceans.


Not reported in captivity.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM