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Mugil cephalus Linnaeus, 1758

Synonym
  • Mugil albula Linnaeus, 1766
  • Mugil tang Bloch, 1794
  • Mugil cephalotus Valenciennes, 1836
  • Mugil ashanteensis Bleeker, 1863
  • Mugil grandis Castelnau, 1879
Vernacular Name
Black mullet, Flathead Mullet, Bright Mullet, Bully Mullet, Callifaver Mullet, Common Grey Mullet, Common Mullet
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Conservation status
IUCN: LC
Value of species
Fishing species
Remarks
Detail
This species is widespread throughout the tropics and sub-tropical seas to warm temperate regions. This species is abundant in most areas, especially so in subtropical to warm temperate regions (less so in the tropics). This species is pelagic near shores, it sometimes forages in lagoons, estuaries and lower courses of rivers and can tolerate freshwater. It is known to breed in its third year of life: adults school in estuaries then move out to sea to spawn in coastal surface water, before returning to estuaries and freshwater (Harrison and Senou 1999). Juveniles feed on zooplankton, larger individuals filter algae, detritus, sediment and small invertebrates.
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.
  • Соколов Н.Ю. Каталог колекції круглоротих і риб Державного природознавчого музею НАН України // Наукові записки Державного природознавчого музею. – Львів, 2004. – Т.19. – С. 15-28.
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Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Animalia
Eumetazoa
Chordata
Gnathostomata
Actinopterygii
Perciformes
Mugilidae
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