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Eastern School Whiting

Eastern School Whiting

 

Characteristics

Eastern School Whiting are a member of the family Sillaginidae. They have a silver stripe along each side. Above this stripe is a row of red/brown blotches and narrow red/brown bars.  

Size

Eastern School Whiting can attain a length or 32 cm, although the majority caught are between 15-20 cm.  

Distribution

Eastern School Whiting, also known as red spot whiting or trawl whiting, occur in ocean waters to a depth of 100 m, from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria and north-eastern Tasmania.  

Confusing species

Eastern School Whiting are similar in appearance to Stout Whiting. In northern NSW both species are often taken in the same catch when fished commercially. Stout Whiting have a yellow blotch between the eye and pectoral fin.