Mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus (Temminck & Schlegel 1844)


Other Names: Butterfish, Butter-fish, Japanese Meagre, Jew, Jewfish, Kingfish, River Kingfish, School Jew, Silver Jew, Silver Jewfish, Soapy, Southern Meagre

A school of Mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus, at the Solitary Islands, New South Wales. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:
A large silvery to greenish-bronze fish with a moderately elongate body, a concave to pointed caudal fin, and pearly-white spots along the lateral line.

Video of a school of Mulloway at the Sand Pipe, Gold Coast Seaway, Queensland, Australia.
Video of a school of Mulloway 'hanging out'.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Argyrosomus japonicus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/659

Mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus (Temminck & Schlegel 1844)

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Distribution

Known in Australia from the Burnett River, Queensland, to Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, and around Tasmania. Found elsewhere in South Africa and the north-west Pacific.

Small juveniles inhabit estuaries and inshore coastal waters. Adults and subadults are found along surf beaches, around rocky headlands and in deeper areas offshore. They also school in the lower parts of estuaries and around river mouths during flood periods.  

Feeding

Carnivores - prey on a variety of fishes, crustaceans and squid. Juveniles feed mostly on crustaceans.

Biology

Mulloway spawn just outside of the surf zone, and the eggs and larvae are pelagic.

Remarks

The common name Mulloway is an aboriginal word meaning ‘the greatest one’. Other common names such as jew, jewfish, silver jew, school jew, arose from the term 'jewel fish', referring to the Mulloway's very large otoliths or earbones that were collected for use as jewellery.

Species Citation

Sciaena japonica Temminck & Schlegel, 1844, Fauna Japonica 4(2–4): 58, pl. 24(1). Type locality: (Neotype) Meitsu, Nango-Cho, Miyazaki Prefecture, south-east coast of Kyushu, Japan (as vicinity of Nagasaki, Japan).

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus (Temminck & Schlegel 1844)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37354001

Depth:0-150 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Estuaries, rocky areas

Max Size:200 cm

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