Fisheries Infosite

Trumpeter Challenger (TRU7)
Maori name
Scientific name
Latris lineata

Physical characteristics

Trumpeter are light olive with three dark green stripes down the back and a silvery underside. They can grow to a maximum length of 110 cm.

Life cycle

There is very little information from New Zealand pertaining to Trumpeter. Based on Australian equivalents, they are thought to have a maximum age of 30 years. Spawning occurs from July to October.


Trumpeter are not common, but are found throughout New Zealand, though only rarely north of East Cape.

Key statistics
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025