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Silver Trevally (Pseudocaranx dentex) Photographs and Information

Silver Trevally have moderately elongated and compressed bodies.  There is a low ridge bearing 20-26 bony scutes along the posterior part of the lateral line.  Silver trevally have 2 dorsal fins, a deeply forked caudal fin and 2 small, detached spines just forward of the anal fin.  These fish are bluish silver on the back, sometimes with a yellowish hue.  Their sides are yellowish silver, and they have a small black blotch on the operculum.

Silver Trevally are found along the coast of southern Australia.  They also inhabit the waters of Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island and New Zealand and the sub-tropical to temperate waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Juvenile silver trevally usually inhabit estuaries, bays and shallow continental shelf waters, while adults form schools near the sea bed on the continental shelf.  Some older fish school near the surface in deeper shelf waters.  Adult trevally also live on inshore reefs and over open grounds of sand or gravel, or in large bays and inlets.

Silver trevally spawn in summer.  They have been found spawning in both estuaries and shelf waters.  They appear to be serial spawners, releasing several batches of eggs over a number of weeks.  The eggs are planktonic and are about 0.8mm in diameter.

Silver trevally are carnivores and feed on polychaete worms, molluscs and crustaceans such as amphipods on the sea bed.  Pelagic schools of silver trevally are known to feed on planktonic crustaceans such as krill.

silver trevally

Map showing where Silver Trevally (Pseudocaranx dentex) are found in Australian waters

HABITAT: Semi-pelagic, young schools inshore and the adults occurring deeper on the shelf. Very common on both coasts on the North Island up to depths on 80 meters but can also be found around the northern part of the South Island.

Scientific Name Pseudocaranx dentex
Location Southern half of Australia
Season All year round.
Size 76 cm in Australian waters.
Australian Species Code 37 337062
Taste, Texture Mild fishy flavour.  Medium texture.


Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Trevally fillet.

Kilojoules 483 (115 calories)
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 74 mg
Total fat (oil) 0.5 g
Saturated fat 37% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 14% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 49% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 23 mg
Omega-3, DHA 150 mg
Omega-6, AA 19 mg


Fishing Angling for Silver Trevally :

Silver Trevally are an important recreational fishery.  They can be caught using handlines or rod-and-line methods.  Popular baits for Silver Trevally include cut fish flesh, whole pilchards or anchovies, squid, prawns, crabs or cunjevoi.

The largest recorded silver trevally caught by a recreational angler weighted 10kg and was taken off Lord Howe Island.

Saltwater Fish - What bait to use for fishing - a list of saltwater baits with the main "diners" who will be tempted.


Cooking Silver Trevally:

Silver Trevally fish filletsSilver trevally is an economical fish. Whole; look for firm, pleasant sea smell, bright bulging eyes. Fillets should be pink in colour, firm with no brown markings.

Trevallies have superb eating qualities, with a strong but not overpowering flavour. They are an excellent choice for children as their bones are easily removed.

The flesh is darker in colour when raw but once cooked the flesh turns brilliant white. It has a full flavour with a medium to firm texture.

Bake, grill, smoke and deep or shallow fry trevally, but preferably serve skinless. They can be excellent in sashimi and popular when served fried with chips. Smoking helps to reduce the oiliness, which is high in some species. Curried or herbed mayonnaise makes a delicious accompaniment.

Farmed fish is very popular for sashimi in Japan. Other names for silver trevally include trevally, skipjack trevally, blurter and silver bream.

Trevally is quite a dry fish.

Colour of Raw fillet:

Pinkish with dark lines.  Reddish.


Medium Texture.

Fat Content:

Medium to High.


Mild or subtle fishy flavour.

SIZE: whole 0.5-3 kg, fillet 100-700 g

Excellent fish for Sushi and Sashimi

IDENTIFYING FEATURES: Deep-bodied fish with blue-green above, some yellow on the sides and silvery white below. It has a black spot on the operculum edge above the pectoral-fin base. Small scales with a row of 24-26 scutes along the rear part of the body. The dorsal fins are separated, first with 8 spines and the pectoral fins are very elongated and scythe-like. The tail is deeply forked on a short, slender caudal peduncle.

COMPARISONS: Similar in appearance to other main commercial trevallies but usually have blunt conical teeth in the upper jaw confined to a single row, rather than being in multiple rows.

FILLETS: Deep, short fillet tapering to the tail section. A pale reddish brown fillet with a strong pronounced central red bloodline down the middle of the fillet. It has a medium to soft texture and is suitable to most cooking methods.

Microwave Cooking Times for Fish
- Fish fillets 5 minutes per 500g on medium-high, +50 seconds more for thicker fillets, or until flesh flakes
- Whole fish - Large 6 minutes/750g on medium
- Whole fish Small 3-4 minutes on medium


Commercial Fishing for Silver Trevally:

CATCHING METHODS: Mostly longlining and Danish seining.

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See Also Commercial Fishing Suppliers of: Blacktip Trevally, Bludger Trevally, Giant Trevally, Malabar Trevally, Yellow Stripe Trevally





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