Mud Whiting, Sillago lutea McKay 1985

Other Names: Mud Sillago

Mud Whiting, Sillago lutea. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A pale sandy-brown whiting becoming whitish below, with an indistinct silvery mid-lateral band, slightly darker scale margins forming a slight meshwork pattern above the lateral line, a blackish tip on the first dorsal fin and dark outer lobes on the caudal fin. The Mud Whiting lacks a dark spot at the pectoral-fin base.

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Mud Whiting, Sillago lutea McKay 1985

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Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to Townsville, Queensland.


Taken as bycatch in prawn trawl fisheries.

Species Citation

Sillago (Parasillago) lutea McKay 1985, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 22(1): 40, figs 10D, 13H, I. Type locality: Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Mud Whiting, Sillago lutea McKay 1985


Kaga, K. 2013. Phylogenetic systematics of the family Sillaginidae (Percomorpha: order Perciformes). Zootaxa 3642(1): 1-105.

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds). The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp. 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

McKay, R.J. 1985. A revision of the fishes of the family Sillaginidae. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 22(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. 

McKay, R.J. 1999. Family Sillaginidae. pp. 2614-2629 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

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CAAB Code:37330007

Depth:1-60 m

Habitat:Silty areas

Max Size:16 cm SL

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