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Striped Mullet Mugil cephalus


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Striped Mullet
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Family: Mugilidae, Mullets view all from this family

Description The flathead mullet, Mugil cephalus, is a mullet of the genus Mugil, found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Its length is typically 30 to 75 centimeters (12 to 30 inches).

The Striped Mullet is a mainly diurnal coastal species that often enters estuaries and rivers. The Striped Mullet usually schools over sand or mud bottoms, feeding on zooplankton. The Adult fish normally feed on algae in fresh water. The maximum size the Striped Mullet may reach is approximately 120 cm, with a max weight of about 8,000 g. The species is euryhaline meaning that the fish can acclimate to different levels of salinity; this combined with the acclimation of juveniles to high water temperatures appears to be a selective advantage.

Dimensions Up to 18" (46 cm).

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Tidepools, Rivers & streams, Lakes & ponds.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, California.