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TREVALLY

Trevally (Caranx lutescens), or araara of the Maoris, is mainly a North Island fish, frequently occurring in large schools in coastal waters. The flesh is white and firm and of good flavour, but, strangely, is not popular as food, being more frequently used as bait. Average-sized trevally range about 15 in. in length, but occasional solitary females grow up to 36 in. It is a handsome fish of iridescent blues, greens, and silver. They move with great speed but, when schooling, will seldom take a spinner.

by Arthur William Baden Powell, Assistant Director, Auckland Institute and Museum.

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Arthur William Baden Powell, Assistant Director, Auckland Institute and Museum.

Last updated 22-Apr-09