Common name: Sillagos, Whitings



Small to medium-sized, bottom dwelling fishes with conical snouts, small mouths, two separate dorsal fins, a weakly forked tail, and small scales.

Schooling fishes on sandy or silty bottoms in bays, estuaries and along the coast to about 50 m.

They are restricted to the Indo-Pacific and are important commercial and recreational fishes. Whtings are excellent eating.

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Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray, Whitings, SILLAGINIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Apr 2024,


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McKay, R.J. 1985. A revision of the fishes of the family Sillaginidae.Memoirs of the Queensland Museum22(1): 1-73 figs 1-18.

McKay, R.J. 1992. FAO Species Catalog. Sillaginid fishes of the world (Family Sillaginidae) an annotated and illustrated catalogue of the Sillago, smelt of the Indo-Pacific whiting species. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 14. 1-87 pp.