Gold spot trevally Carangoides fulvoguttatus
This pelagic, reef-associated fish lives in tropical and subtropical coastal waters from the shallows down to bluewater ocean areas. It feeds on invertebrates such as squid, shrimp and echinoderms, as well as small fish, and is a common species popular with anglers. As such it plays an important role in the ecosystem and is also potentially at risk of depletion by fishing.
Gold spot trevally have been tagged and tracked by CSIRO scientists at Ningaloo Marine Park in north-western Western Australia. Internal acoustic tagging has revealed that despite being pelagic fish, gold spot trevally move much less than previously thought. They spend a lot of time in shallow water, and seem to prefer certain home ranges. Such information is needed to help ensure marine parks provide adequate protection.