The giant trevally, Caranx ignobilis is the largest of the 33 species of trevally and is distributed throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, with a range stretching between South Africa and Hawaii, including Japan in the north and Australia in the south.
They have silver-shaded colouring with prominently forked tails and are easily distinguished from other trevally species by their steep head profile. They can grow to a maximum known size of 170 cm and a weight of 80kg. The giant trevally inhabits a wide range of marine environments, from estuaries, shallow bays and lagoons as a juvenile to deeper reefs, offshore atolls and large bays as an adult.
The giant trevally is a powerful predator in most of its habitats, and is known to hunt individually and in schools. The species predominantly takes various fish as prey including mullet, juvenile milkfish and bonefish. Crustaceans, cephalopods and molluscs make up the rest of their diet. The species reproduces in the warmer months, spawning on shallow seaward reefs and offshore banks. The fish is both an important species to commercial fisheries and tourism as it is a recognised game fish especially around Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island), the largest coral atoll in the world.
It is important to note that Pacific numbers have become reduced in recent decades, especially around the main Hawaiian Islands, so the species around Kiribati is being watched carefully.
Designer: J R Lisiak, Noisy le Grand, France.
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp Size: 42.40mm x 30.00mm
Mini Sheet Size: 200 mm x 140mm, 2 x sets 4 horizontal stamps
Perforation Gauge: 14.00 x 14.167
Denominations: 80c, $1.00, $1.50 and $2.00
Paper: 104 Tullis Russell non phosphor gummed stamp paper
Period of Sale: 11 July for a period of 2 years.
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