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Sillagos, Whitings

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7 February 2012 - John R. Paxton, Dianne J. Bray, Douglass F. Hoese & Matthew M. Lockett

December 2006 - John R. Paxton, Dianne J. Bray & Douglass F. Hoese


The whitings or sand smelts were revised by McKay (1985, 1992), who recognised 31 species in three genera from the Indo-west Pacific region. Thirteen species in two genera are recorded from Australian waters. Tropical species are treated in McKay (1999).

Whitings are found in shallow coastal waters, with some species recorded from estuaries and coastal lakes. These fishes feed on polychaetes and other benthic animals. Whitings are rather slender percoid fishes with a long snout and distinctive, long-based anal fin. They are important both as commercial and as sport fishes, although most species do not exceed 40 cm. Maximum size is in excess of 70 cm.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
27-Nov-2012 27-Nov-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)