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Liza aurata (Risso, 1810)

Synonym
  • Mugil auratus Risso, 1810
  • Chelon auratus (Risso, 1810)
  • Mugil breviceps Valenciennes, 1836
  • Mugil cryptocheilos Valenciennes, 1836
  • Mugil maderensis Lowe, 1839
  • Mugil lotreganus Nardo, 1847
Vernacular Name
Golden Grey Mullet, Long-finned Grey Mullet
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Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Fishing species
Remarks
Detail
Mediterranean, Black Sea and Eastern Atlantic from Cape Verde and Senegal to southern Norway and British Isles (not reaching southern Baltic); northern Red Sea. Introduced in Caspian Sea. Habitat. Pelagic near shore, sometimes in lagoons and estuaries, rarely into freshwaters. Among Mugilidae recorded from European freshwaters, this is the least tolerant of freshwater. Spawns at sea. Biology. Usually lives in schools. Spawns in September-November. Juveniles move to coastal lagoons and estuaries in winter and especially in spring. Juveniles feed on zooplankton, larger individuals feed on algae, vegetal detritus, and sediment. Meat is white, soft and very tender. Taste depends on fishing location. Golden grey mullet can be pan fried, especially smaller fish. Barbequed with some olive oil, lemon juice and parsley is often considered a delicacy. Also, it can be used as part of mixed fish stew.
Book reference
  • Котенко Т.И., Ардамацкая Т.Б., Дубина Д.В. и др. Биоразнообразие Джарылгача: современное состояние и пути сохранения // Вісник зоології. – 2000. – Спец. випуск. – 240 с.
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Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Animalia
Eumetazoa
Chordata
Gnathostomata
Actinopterygii
Perciformes
Mugilidae