Mullet

Mugil cephalus

Order: 

Mugiliformes

Family: 

Mugilidae

This fish inhabits estuaries which is an enclosed coastal area that combines with a river/stream of freshwater, with it also being the most abundant of the mullet species (1). Physical characteristics range from a blue-gray to green hue on the surface of the fish and silver on the sides and it also has a blunt/rounded mouthpart (1).The M. cephalus are detrivores meaning that they primarily eat decomposing matter of plants and animals such a green algae and copepods, allowing them to grow up to a length of 46cm (2). This species also feeds on fine sediment particles such as sand and mud that contains traces of clay (2).  

 

(1) Hill, K (2004). Smithsonian Marine Station. Mugil cephalus.

(2) (2) Odum, W. E. (1968). THE ECOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF FINE PARTICLE SELECTION BY THE STRIPED MULLET MUGIL CEPHALUS 1. Limnology and Oceanography, 13(1), 92-98.

Habitat: 

  • seasonally tidal estuary