Species Groups

Learn about the following species groups (including their most common members, as well as purchasing, storage and cooking information), or select a specific species from the species list on the right.

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Albacore
Thunnus alalunga
 
Atlantic Salmon
Salmo salar
 
Australian Bass
Macquaria novemaculeata
 
Australian Salmon
Arripus trutta (Eastern Australian Salmon)
Arripus truttaceaus (Western Australian Salmon)
 
Australian Sardine
Sardinops neopilchardus
 
Bailer Shell
Livonia mamilla (False Bailer Shell)
Melo species (Melon Shell)
Other members of the Zidoninae subfamily (Bailer Shell)
 
Balmain Bug
Ibacus peronii (Eastern Balmain Bug)
 
Banana Prawn
Fenneropenaeus indicus (Redleg Banana Prawn)
Fenneropenaeus merguiensis (White Banana Prawn)
 
Bar Rockcod
Epinephelus septemfasciatus (Bar Rockcod)
Epinephelus ergastularius (Banded Rockcod)
 
Barramundi
Lates calcarifer
 
Bay Prawn
Metapenaeus bennettae (Greentail Prawn)
Metapenaeus insolitus (Greasyback Prawn)
 
Bigeye Trevally
Caranx sexfasciatus
 
Bigeye Tuna
Thunnus obesus
 
Black Bream
Acanthopagrus butcheri
 
Black Pomfret
Parastromateus niger
 
Blacklip Abalone
Haliotis rubra
 
Blue Grenadier
Macruronus novaezelandiae
 
Blue Mackerel
Scomber australasicus
 
Blue Mussel
Mytilus galloprovincialis
 
Blue Swimmer Crab
Portunus pelagicus
 
Blue Warehou
Seriolella brama
 
Blue-Eye Trevalla
Hyperoglyphe antarctica (Blue-eye Trevalla)
Schedophilus labyrinthica (Ocean Blue-eye)
 
Bluespotted Flathead
Platycephalus caeruleopunctatus
 
Bonito
Sarda australis (Australian Bonito)
Sarda orientalis (Oriental Bonito)
Cybiosarda elegans (Leaping Bonito)
 
 
Chinook Salmon (‘King’ Salmon)
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
 
Commercial Scallop
Pecten fumatus
 
Coral Trout
Variola louti (Coronation Trout)
Plectropomus oligacanthus (Vermicular Cod)
Plectropomus laevis (Bluespotted Coral Trout)
Plectropomus leopardus (Common Coral Trout)
Plectropomus maculatus (Barcheek Coral Trout)
Plectropomus areolatus (Passionfruit Coral Trout)
 
Cuttlefish
Sepia apama (Giant Cuttlefish)
Sepia pharaonis (Pharaoh’s Cuttlefish)
 
Dart
Trachinotus botla (Common Dart)
Trachinotus baillonii (Smallspotted Dart)
Trachinotus blochii (Snubnose Dart)
Trachinotus coppingeri (Swallowtail Dart)
Trachinotus anak (Giant Oystercracker Dart)
 
Deepwater Flathead
Neoplatycephalus conatus
 
Diamondscale Mullet
Liza vaigiensis
 
Dusky Flathead
Platycephalus fuscus
 
Eastern Rocklobster
Jasus verreauxi
 
Eastern Shovelnose Ray
Aptychotrema rostrata
 
Eastern Wirrah
Acanthistius ocellatus
 
Endeavour Prawn
Metapenaeus endeavouri (Blue Endeavour Prawn)
Metapenaeus ensis (Red Endeavour Prawn)
 
Frypan Bream
Argyrops spinifer
 
Giant Trevally
Caranx ignobilis
 
Goldband Snapper
Pristipomoides multidens (Goldband Snapper)
Pristipomoides typus (Sharptooth Snapper)
 
Golden Perch
Macquaria ambigua
 
Golden Trevally
Gnathanodon speciosus
 
Goldspotted Rockcod
Epinephelus coioides
 
Gould's Squid
Nototodarus gouldi
 
Grass Emperor
Lethrinus laticaudis
 
Greenlip Abalone
Haliotis laevigata
 
Grey Mackerel
Scomberomorus semifasciatus
 
Jack Mackerel
Trachurus declivis (Common Jack Mackerel)
Trachurus murphyi (Peruvian Jack Mackerel)
 
Jackass Morwong
Nemadactylus macropterus
 
John Dory
Zeus faber
 
King Dory
Cyttus traversi
 
King George Whiting
Sillaginodes punctata
 
King Prawn
Melicertus latisulcatus (Western King Prawn)
Melicertus plebejus (Eastern King Prawn)
Melicertus longistylus (Redspot King Prawn)
 
King Threadfin
Polydactylus macrochir
 
Loligo Squid
Loligo formosa
Loligo chinensis
 
Longfin Perch
Caprodon longimanus
 
Longnose Emperor
Lethrinus olivaceus
 
Longtail Tuna
Thunnus tonggol
 
Luminous Bay Squid
Loliolus noctiluca
 
Marron
Cherax tenuimanus (Margaret River Marron)
Cherax cainii (Smooth Marron)
 
Mirror Dory
Zenopsis nebulosus
 
Moreton Bay Bug
Thenus orientalis (Sandbug)
Thenus indicus (Mudbug)
 
Mud Crab
Scylla serrata (Giant Mud Crab)
Scylla olivacea (Orange Mud Crab)
 
Murray Cod
Maccullochella peelii
 
Native Oyster
Ostrea angasi
 
Northern Calamari
Sepioteuthis lessoniana
 
Ocean Jacket
Nelusetta ayraudi
 
Octopus
Octopus aegina (Baby Octopus)
Octopus tetricus (Sydney Octopus)
Octopus australia (Southern Octopus)
Octopus maorum (Maori Octopus)
Octopus pallidus (Pale Octopus)
Octopus graptus (Scribbled Night Octopus)
 
Pacific Oyster
Crassostrea gigas
 
Periwinkle
Littorinidae species (‘True’ Periwinkle)
Neritidae species (Nerite) 
Turbo species (Turban Shells)
 
Pikey Bream
Acanthopagrus berda
 
Pink Ling
Genypterus blacodes
 
Pipi
Donax deltoides
 
Queenfish
Scomberoides tol (Needleskin Queenfish)
Scomberoides tala (Barred Queenfish)
Scomberoides lysan (Lesser Queenfish)
Scomberoides commersonnianus (Giant Queenfish)
 
 
Red Emperor
Lutjanus sebae
 
Redclaw
Cherax quadricarinatus
 
Redfish
Centroberyx affinis
 
Redspot Emperor
Lethrinus lentjan
 
Redthroat Emperor
Lethrinus miniatus
 
Ribaldo
Mora moro
 
Rock Ling
Genypterus tigerinus
 
Royal Red Prawn
Haliporoides sibogae
 
Samsonfish
Seriola dumerili (Amberjack)
Seriola hippos (Samsonfish)
 
Sand Whiting
Sillago ciliata
 
Saucer Scallop
Amusium balloti (Ballot’s Saucer Scallop)
Amusium pleuronectes (Northern Saucer Scallop)
 
School Mackerel
Scomberomorus queenslandicus
 
School Prawn
Metapenaeus macleayi (School Prawn)
Metapenaeus dalli (Western School Prawn)
 
School Whiting
Sillago flindersi (Eastern School Whiting)
Sillago bassensis (Southern School Whiting)
Sillago robusta (Stout Whiting)
 
Sea Mullet
Mugil cephalus
 
Seabream
Gymnocranius griseus (Grey Seabream)
Gymnocranius grandoculis (Robinson's Seabream)
Gymnocranius elongates (Swallowtail Seabream)
Gymnocranius audleyi (Collar Seabream)
Gnathodentex aureolineatus (Goldspot Seabream)
Gymnocranius euanus (Paddletail Seabream)
Monotaxis grandoculis (Bigeye Seabream)
Gymnocranius microdon (Bluespotted Seabream)
Wattsia mossambica (Mozambique Seabream)
 
Silver Dory
Cyttus australis
 
Silver Perch
Bidyanus bidyanus
 
Silver Trevally
Pseudocaranx dentex (Silver Trevally)
Pseudocaranx wrighti (Skipjack Trevally)
 
Silver Warehou
Seriolella punctata
 
Snapper
Pagrus auratus
 
Southern Bluefin Tuna
Thunnus maccoyii
 
Southern Calamari
Sepioteuthis australis
 
Southern Rocklobster
Jasus edwardsii
 
Southern Sand Flathead
Platycephalus bassensis
 
Spangled Emperor
Lethrinus nebulosus (Greater Spangled Emperor)
Lethrinus sp. (Lesser Spangled Emperor)
 
Spanish Mackerel
Scomberomorus commerson
 
Spanner Crab
Ranina ranina
 
Spotted Mackerel
Scomberomorus munroi
 
Striped Marlin
Tetrapturus audax
 
Surf Clam
Dosinia caerulea
 
Swordfish
Xiphias gladius
 
Sydney Rock Oyster
Saccostrea glomerata
 
Tarwhine
Rhabdosargus sarba
 
Tiger Flathead
Neoplatycephalus richardsoni (Tiger Flathead)
Neoplatycephalus aurimaculatus (Toothy Flathead)
 
Tiger Prawn
Penaeus monodon (Black Tiger Prawn)
Marsupenaeus japonicus (Kuruma Prawn)
Penaeus esculentus (Brown Tiger Prawn)
Penaeus semisulcatus (Grooved Tiger Prawn)
 
Trochus
Trochus niloticus
 
Tropical Rocklobster
Panulirus ornatus (Ornate Rocklobster)
Other Panulirus species except P.cygnus
 
Trumpeter Whiting
Sillago maculate
 
Tun Shell
Tonnidae family
 
Vongole
Katelysia scalarina
Katelysia peronii
Katelysia rhytiphora
 
Western Rocklobster
Panulirus cygnus
 
Yabby
Cherax destructor (Yabby)
Cherax destructor albidus (White Yabby)
Cherax preissii, Cherax plebejus (Koonac)
Cherax quinquecarinatus (Gilgie)
Other Cherax (except C.quadricarinatus, C.tenuimanus & C.cainii)
 
Yellowfin Bream
Acanthopagrus australis
 
Yellowfin Tuna
Thunnus albacares
 
Yellowfin Whiting
Sillago schomburgkii
 
Yellowspotted Rockcod
Epinephelus areolatus
 
Yellowtail Kingfish
Seriola lalandi
 
Yellowtail Scad
Trachurus novaezelandiae
 
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Jackass Morwong

Nemadactylus macropterus
Other names:

Jackass fish, perch, sea bream, seine-boat morwong, silver perch.

Family:

Cheilodactylidae (morwongs).

Description:

Available wild-caught, it is a bottom-dwelling marine fish that occurs from Brisbane south to Perth, including Bass Strait and around the Tasmanian coast, on the continental shelf and upper slope from shallow waters to depths of around 360m often near reefs or rocky bottoms, with smaller fish found near the coasts of Victoria and Tasmania. It is mainly caught off south-eastern Australia by demersal trawl, with minor catches in the Great Australian Bight. It is also caught off NSW by traps and droplines. Similar to Grey Morwong but more greyish-white rather than blue, and with a lack of distinctive colouring around the eyes. King Morwong can be distinguished from Jackass by its dark band on the outer upper half of the pectoral fin.

Season:

Available year round.

Size and Weight:

Commonly 900g-3kg and 40-60cm, but can grow to 4.5 and 70cm.

Price:

Medium priced.

Relations:

Banded Morwong, Blue Morwong, Grey Morwong, Red Morwong.

To Buy:

Sold whole (gilled and gutted), and in fillet form (often skinned). In whole fish look for lustrous skin, firm flesh, and a pleasant, fresh sea smell. In fillets, look for creamy pink, firm, lustrous, moist flesh without any brown markings or oozing water and with a pleasant fresh sea smell.

To Store:

Make sure whole fish is scaled, gutted and cleaned thoroughly. Wrap whole fish and fillets in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze whole fish for up to 6 months, and fillets for up to 3 months, below -18ºC.

To Cook:

Average yield is 38%. Has a distinctive medium flavour, low-medium oiliness, flesh that can tend to be dry with a medium-firm texture. It is best to remove rib and pin bones before serving. Score whole fish at the thickest part of the flesh and cut thick fillets into serving-size portions and score to allow even heat penetration.

Cooking Methods:

Steam, poach, deep-fry, pan-fry, stir-fry, bake, braise, grill, barbecue. It is best wrapped in foil or banana leaves if baking or barbecuing, to prevent it drying out. A good plate-sized fish cooked whole. The firm flesh holds together well in soups, curries and casseroles and can be cubed for kebabs.

Goes well with:

Basil, chilli, coconut milk, coriander, lemon, lime, sweet chilli sauce, olive oil, parsley, sesame, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce.

Alternatives:

Breams, Ray’s Bream, Red Emperor, Snapper, Threadfin Salmon, Warehous.

Imports:

None 

Recipes:

Whole Morwong Barbecued in Banana Leaves >