Eastern School Whiting

Eastern School Whiting

Eastern School Whiting

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

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

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.

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.

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