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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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mulloway Argyrosomus japonicus, an important Australian fish of the sciaenid family, closely related and very similar to the meagre, and also to drums and croakers. This is a big fish, reaching a length of 1.8 m (6'), and one which is not too choosy about the waters in which it swims; although essentially a sea fish, it is very common in certain estuaries and can also be found far upstream in rivers. The mulloway feeds voraciously on other fish, and is itself a favoured prey of human anglers.

Young specimens make good eating; older and larger ones are coarse and have a poor flavour.