Eastern School Whiting, Sillago flindersi McKay 1985

Other Names: Flinders' Sillago, Red Spot Whiting, School Whiting, Silver Whiting, Spotted Whiting, Transparent Whiting

Eastern School Whiting, Sillago flindersi. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A sandy-brown to pinkish whiting, with a series of oblique rusty-red to orange-brown bands above the lateral line, an indistinct silver midlateral stripe bordered above by small rusty-red blotches..

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Eastern School Whiting, Sillago flindersi McKay 1985

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Southern Queensland to the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, and eastern Tasmania. Inhabits coastal lakes, estuaries, and outer reefs in depths of 1-170 m. 


Dorsal fin XI; I, 16-18; Anal fin II, 18-20;  Caudal fin 17; Pectoral fin 15-16; Pelvic fin I, 5 Lateral line scales 65-69.


This excellent eating fish is commercially important in south-eastern Australia.


The species is named in honour of Lieutenant Matthew Flinders 1774-1814 who circumnavigated Australia. 

Species Citation

Sillago (Parasillago) bassensis flindersi McKay 1985, Mem. Qld Mus. 22(1): 29, figs 9I-L, 14K, 15. Type locality: Wallis Lake, NSW. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Eastern School Whiting, Sillago flindersi McKay 1985


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CAAB Code:37330014

Depth:1-170 m

Fishing:Commercial/recreational fish

Max Size:33 cm SL


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