Sillagos


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Sillagos and smelt-whitings are members of the Sillaginidae family. They are widespread throughout the Indian ocean and the Western Pacific ocean. The sillagos have an elongated body with long and conical snout. Their opercle have a small sharp spine and they have 2 separate dorsal fins.

Sillagos are inshore species that feed mainly on benthic or epibenthic organisms. They are found in shallow sandy bays and frequently enter estuaries, penetrating into fresh water for brief periods. Most species are schooling.

There are 6 genera and about 34 species of Sillaginidae worldwide. Malaysia has one genus and about 8 species.


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Scientific Name: Sillago ingenuua  McKay, 1985
English Name: Bay Sillago
Mandarin Name: 沙鮻 (Shā suō), 沙钻 (Shā zuàn)
Local Malay Name: Ikan Bulus-bulus, Bebulus, Seloncong, Puntung Damar Teluk
Local Hokkien: Sua Jui,, Sua Jiam
Local Teochew: Sua Jui
Local Cantonese: Sar Joi






Scientific Name: Sillago sihama  (Forsskål, 1775)
English Name: Silver Sillago, Silver Whiting
Mandarin Name: 沙鮻 (Shā suō), 沙钻 (Shā zuàn)
Local Malay Name: Ikan Bulus-bulus, Bebulus, Seloncong, Puntung Damar Perak
Local Hokkien: Sua Jui,, Sua Jiam
Local Teochew: Sua Jui
Local Cantonese: Sar Joi