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The Asian whiting, ''Sillago asiatica'', is a species inshore marine fish in the smelt whiting family, Sillaginidae, distributed along the Asian coastline from the Gulf of Thailand to Taiwan. The Asian whiting's appearance is very similar to other closely related species in the genus ''Sillago'', with swim bladder morphology and ray counts of fins the most reliable identifying features. The species inhabits slightly deeper water than many of the sillaginid species its distribution overlaps, forming an important part of the whiting fishery in the countries within its range.
==Taxonomy and naming==
The Asian whiting is a species of the genus ''Sillago'', one of three divisions of the smelt-whiting family Sillaginidae. The Sillaginidae are members of the Perciformes suborder Percoidei, with 67 other families.
The species was described and named ''Sillago asiatica'' by McKay in 1983 based on the holotype specimen taken from Chantaburi in the Gulf of Thailand in 1975, with paratypes from Taiwan also examined. The species had been known from a small sample of ''Sillago'' species taken from Thailand but was considered to be a subspecies of ''S. japonica'' by the biologists who first examined it. A review of the holotype by McKay led to the correct identification, with the author noting that the swim bladder morphology and vertebrae count were beyond any variation in ''S. japonica''. The name is derived from 'Asiaticus', meaning Asiatic, which is also reflected in the species' common name.
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