The Australian Fish Names List was created in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including the professional and recreational fishing sectors and government, in order to meet both the seafood industry and consumers expectations for safe food, fair-trading and truth in labelling.

The fact that one species could be called different names in different regions of Australia has caused much confusion over the years and has made enforcing truth in labelling a difficult task.

A classic example is the confusion that used to be caused over Dhufish, which is a Western Australian favourite, and Mulloway, which was known in the Eastern States as jewfish. In the new standard you will find reference only to Western Australian Dhufish and Mulloway, all other names will be listed under obsolete names.

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Below is a list of popular species which have had a name change.

Standard Name

Obselete Name

West Australian DhufishDhufish/Jewfish
Pearl PerchNorthern Dhufish
Blue Swimmer CrabBlue Manna Crab
Western RocklobsterCrayfish
SnapperPink Snapper *
King ThreadfinThreadfin Salmon *
Goldband SnapperKing Snapper
Saddletail SnapperScarlet Sea Perch
Spangled EmperorNor-west Snapper
 Moses Snapper Moses Perch
 Bluespotted Emperor Nor-west Snapper
Theadfin Bream Butterfish
 Tropical Snapper Seaperch
 Crimson SnapperCrimson Seaperch
 Stripey Snapper Spanish Flag
 Painted Sweetlip Sweetlip *
 Bight Redfish Nannygai/Red Snapper*
 Bar Cod Grey-banded Cod*
 Silver Trevally Skip Jack*
 Blue Morwong Queen Snapper*

*Represents species referred to by obsolete name in some Department of Fisheries publications.