Goldenline Whiting

Sillago Analis
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Sillago Analis
Other names Goldenlined Sillago, Rough Scale Whiting, Tin Can Bay Whiting
Size Up to 45 cm (17.7 in)
Weight Under 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters, mangroves, tide creeks & estuaries amongst sandy & silty areas
Depth Range 1 - 10 m (32 ft)
Goldenline Whiting Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Goldenline Whiting is a species of fish primarily found in the coastal waters of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland.
  • They have a slender body shape, typically measuring up to 45 centimetres in length when fully grown. They are characterised by a distinctive golden-yellow stripe running along their lateral line.
  • These fish primarily feed on small invertebrates, such as worms, crustaceans, and molluscs, which they find in the sandy substrate or near seagrass beds. Their elongated snout helps them probe and search for food.
  • The species has adapted to tolerate a wide range of salinity levels, allowing them to inhabit both estuarine and coastal environments.
  • These fish exhibit strong schooling behaviour, often forming large groups that swim together in coordinated movements. This schooling behaviour provides them with safety in numbers against potential predators.
  • These fish inhabit shallow, sandy areas near the coast, including estuaries, bays, and beaches. They are often found in areas with seagrass beds.
  • Goldenline Whiting spawn during the warmer months of the year, which can vary slightly depending on the region. They undertake a mass migration towards the ocean to release their eggs and sperm, which are then fertilised externally.
  • The eggs are buoyant and drift in the water column until they hatch into larvae. The larvae undergo a period of development in the ocean before returning to coastal areas as juvenile fish.
  • Their estimated average lifespan is between 5 – 7 years.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving

Goldenline Whiting are often targeted by anglers who enjoy light tackle or beach fishing. They are known for their spirited fight and can provide an enjoyable fishing experience, in addition to being good eating. Snorkelers and divers, can easily find them as they often swim in large schools, making them easily visible and allowing for close encounters.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Sillaginidae

Genus: Sillago

Species: Sillago Analis

Conservation Status

The Goldenline Whiting is currently listed as “Data Deficient” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that there is insufficient information available to assess the species’ conservation status accurately. It is also listed as “Not Evaluated” by the Australian government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Fish Taste Quality

The Goldenline Whiting is generally considered a good fish to eat. They have firm, white flesh with a mild, delicate flavour that is well-liked by many seafood enthusiasts. Their low oil content contributes to their clean and subtle taste.

Taste Rating: 4/5

How to catch
Goldenline Whiting

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Shellfish, Squid, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics

Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish

Popularity: Highly targeted

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Inner Reef, Lagoon, Seagrass Beds, Sandflats

Danger: None