Smallspotted dart

Smallspotted dart
Trachinotus baillonii in Polynesia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Carangidae
Genus: Trachinotus
Species: T. baillonii
Binomial name
Trachinotus baillonii
(Lacépède, 1801)

The smallspotted dart (Trachinotus baillonii) is a species of jack in the family Carangidae.[1]


Trachinotus baillonii can reach a maximum length of 60 cm (24 in) in males and a maximum weight of 1,500 g.[2] The body color varies from silvery blue to grey above, with some small black spots on the flanks. The number of these spots increases with age. This fish is silvery white below. It has large, strong fins, a forked tail, and a narrow base. It feeds on small fishes.

Distribution and habitat

This species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to Mangareva Islands and southern Japan.[2] The smallspotted dart is a reef-associated species. It can be found in lagoons and seaward reefs, usually in schools near the surface of waters.[2]


  1. ITIS
  2. 1 2 3 Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Trachinotus baillonii" in FishBase. November 2014 version.
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