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Whiting - Trumpeter

Whiting - Trumpeter
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Also known as:

Diver whiting

Eastern winter whiting

Spotted whiting

Trumpeter sillago

Western winter whiting

Winter whiting

Common Group Name:

Whitings

Family Name:

Sillaginidae

Genus Name:

Sillago

Species Name:

Sillago maculata


Dispatch Method:

The various species of whiting found in estuaries and inshore waters have similar brain locations.  To maximise their eating qualities, they should be killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head, or by cervical dislocation (breaking the neck). Smaller specimens (less than 20-25 cm) taken from warm water can also be killed quickly and humanely in an ice slurry.


Fish Description:

  • This species has a silvery brown back and a pale belly. The back and sides have numerous dark blotches and the pectoral fin has a black spot at its base.
  • This species matures at around 15-18 cm long (1-3 years old). Growth virtually ceases after the 4th year, and maximum age is around 12 years.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species occurs in inshore areas along the entire east coast of Australia from far north QLD to eastern Victoria.
  • These fish forage on silty and muddy substrates in the deeper water of bays, but also frequent the mouths of rivers, estuaries, and mangrove creeks.
  • Juveniles recruit to estuaries and shallow water during summer, moving deeper as they mature.

Fish Size Common Length:

20-25 cm, maximum size around 32 cm.