Animal Species:Mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)
The Mulloway is a popular angling species that grows to 2 m in length.
Standard Common Name
The Mulloway has also been called Jewfish.
The Mulloway can be recognised by its silvery to bronze-green colouration, moderately elongated body, caudal fin shape and the series of pearly white spots along the lateral line. The caudal fin varies from pointed in juveniles to concave dorsally in adults.
It grows to 2 m in length.
In Australia the species is recorded from southern Queensland around the south of the continent and up to the central coast of Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Mulloway live in temperate marine waters. They are usually seen on offshore reefs, but also live in shallow estuaries.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Common names for fishes in the family (Sciaenidae) include croakers and drums because of their ability to makes sounds.
This fish is a very popular angling species. It is an excellent food fish.
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