Animal Species:Trumpeter Whiting, Sillago maculata Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
The Trumpeter Whiting is silver grey above, pale below and usually has a silvery stripe along the side of the body. It is endemic to Australia.
Standard Common Name
Diver Whiting, Eastern Winter Whiting, Spotted Whiting, Trumpeter Sillago, Western Winter Whiting, Winter WhitingTrumpeter Whiting, Diver Whiting, Eastern Winter Whiting, Spotted Whiting, Trumpeter Sillago, Western Winter Whiting, Winter Whiting
The Trumpeter Whiting has a moderately elongate body and a deeply emarginate caudal fin. The short-based first dorsal fin has weak spines. The second soft-rayed dorsal fin has a longer base. The species is silver grey above, pale below and usually has a silvery stripe along the side of the body. There is a black spot on the pectoral fin base and large dark blotches on the body.
The Trumpeter Whiting grows to 30 cm in length.
It is endemic to Australia, occurring in tropical and warm temperate marine waters from northern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
Distribution by collection data
It is found over sandy and silty seabeds in estuarine and inshore waters.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology