Ulua mentalis (Cuvier, 1833)
Longrakered trevally
Longrakered trevally,  Piaka,  Anak bong,  Mamsa,  Pampano,  Salaming,  Samin-samin,  Talakitok,  Trakito
Ulua mentalis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos), subfamily: Caranginae
Max. size:  100 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa (Ref. 3287) and Madagascar eastward to Taiwan and Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-22; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 17-18. Description: Dorsal bluish green, ventral silvery; fins dorsal and caudal black (Ref. 3197, 90102). Body compressed strongly; profile, dorsal more convex than ventral. Lower jaw prominent in large adult, chin projects beyond upper jaw. Breast scaleless on ventral side to behind pelvic fins. LL scales on straight part, LL scutes 26 to 38.
Biology:  Adults are found in shallow coastal waters near reefs (Ref. 30573, 90102). Juveniles feed on benthic crustaceans (Ref. 37816) while adults feed on crustaceans and fish (Ref. 5213, 37816).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Recorded from Lanuza Bay (Ref. 104756). Small specimens are common in landings of the the Visayas. Also Ref. 3287.

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