False trevally

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False trevally
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
Species: L. lactarius
Binomial name
Lactarius lactarius


  • Platylepes Swainson, 1839


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

The false trevally, Lactarius lactarius,not to be confused with Lactarius in Fungi, 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.