Yellowfin Whiting, Sillago schomburgkii Peters 1864

Other Names: Fine-scale Whiting, Silver Whiting, Western Sand Whiting, Yellow Fin Whiting, Yellowfin Sillago, Yellowfinned Whiting, Yellow-finned Whiting, Yellow-finned Whiting

Yellowfin Whiting, Sillago schomburgkii, at Haycock Point, Carrickalinga, South Australia, April 2010. Source: David Muirhead / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A silvery whiting with bright yellow pelvic and anal fins, and no spots, blotches or stripes along the upper sides in adults. Juveniles have dark blotches along the upper sides.

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Yellowfin Whiting, Sillago schomburgkii Peters 1864

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Gulf St Vincent, South Australia, to Port Hedland, Western Australia.
Inhabits inshore sand banks, bars, spits and seagrass beds, sometimes congregating in sandy hollows, and moving over sand flats to feed at high tide.


A popular recreational and commercial fish.

Similar Species

The similar Sand Whiting, Sillago ciliata, has a dark blotch on the pectoral-fin base, especially in juveniles.

Species Citation

Sillago schomburgkii Peters 1864, Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1864: 391. Type locality: Adelaide, South Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Yellowfin Whiting, Sillago schomburgkii Peters 1864


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CAAB Code:37330012

Depth:0-30 m

Fishing:Commercial/recreational fish

Habitat:Sand flats, bars and banks

Max Size:42 cm TL

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