False trevally

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False travelly
Temporal range: Eocene–recent
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False trevallies
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Lactariidae
Boulenger, 1904
Genus: Lactarius
Valenciennes, 1833
Species: L. lactarius
Binomial name
Lactarius lactarius
(Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801)


  • Platylepes Swainson, 1839


  • Scomber lactarius Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801
  • Lactarius delicatulus Valenciennes, 1833
  • Lactarius burmanicus Lloyd, 1907

The false trevally, Lactarius lactarius, is species of fish in the family Lactariidae, currently the sole member of the family.[1]


The false trevally is native to the Indian Ocean and from East Africa to Southeast Asia, and in the western Pacific Ocean from Japan to Queensland, Australia. It is a coastal species, occurring in marine and brackish waters at depths of from 15 to 100 m (49 to 328 ft). It is an important species to local commercial fisheries.[1]


This fish is colored silvery-grey on the upper parts with blue iridescence dorsally and a dusky black spot on the upper gill cover. The underparts are colored silvery-white. The fins are pale yellow. This species can reach a length of 40 cm (16 in), though most do not exceed 30 cm (12 in).[1]



  1. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lactarius lactarius" in FishBase. October 2013 version.