Argyrosomus japonicus (Temminck and Schlegel, 1843)

Common Name: 

Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the southern hemisphere. In Australia recorded from southern Queensland south to Victoria and around to Exmouth Western Australia.

Ecological Notes: 

Schooling species, size of school may number in the hundreds of individuals. Frequents coastal waters, surf zones and estuaries. Depth from 5 to 150 m. Feeds on smaller fish, squid and octopus.

Additional Notes: 

Fish pictured schooling with large Tarwhine, Rhabdosargus sarba. Shiny silver to greenish bronze with a series of pearlescent spots along the lateral line. Much sought after food and sport fish, grows to 2 m in length but commonly 1.5 m.


Fishes of Australia's Southern Coasts, edited by Martin Gomon, Diane Bray and Rudie Kuiter. Reed New Holland, Publishers, 2008. p.590.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 25/04/18.