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Sillago lutea  McKay, 1985

Mud sillago
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Sillaginidae (Smelt-whitings)
Etymology: Sillago: From a locality in Australia .

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 60 m (Ref. 6205), usually 0 - 60 m (Ref. 6205).   Tropical; 20°N - 23°S, 70°E - 143°E (Ref. 6205)

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 10 - 12 cm
Max length : 16.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6205); common length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9679)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-22; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 21 - 23; Vertebrae: 33 - 35. Swim bladder with a median anterior extension and with or without rudimentary anteriorly directed anterolateral projections; posterior extension single. Body is light sandy brown above, pale brown to whitish below, with an ill defined silvery mid-lateral band; margins of scales may be slightly darker giving a vague meshwork pattern to the body above the lateral line; fins hyaline, the first dorsal-fin membrane tipped with a fine dusting of black; no dark spot at the base of the pectoral fin.

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Indo-West Pacific: India and Sri Lanka; northern Australia from Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia to the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819) and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Sillago lutea may be confused with Sillago sihama and Sillago japonica.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Commonly associated with Penaeus merguiensis de Man in northern Australia, and occurs most abundantly on muddy or very silty substrates. Oviparous (Ref. 205). Sexually mature at 10 cm SL (ripe females 10.4-12.0 cm). This species could form the basis of a small by-catch fishery, to be exported ungutted (Ref. 6205).

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McKay, R.J., 1992. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 14. Sillaginid fishes of the world (family Sillaginidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the sillago, smelt or Indo-Pacific whiting species known to date. Rome: FAO. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(14):87p. (Ref. 6205)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of potential interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00407 (0.00176 - 0.00943), b=3.15 (2.95 - 3.35), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.