Common Family Name
Up to 90cm, average 50cm.
Elongated cylindrical body with both ends tapered. Two smallish dorsal fins which are well separated. Tail is weakly forked. Small mouths with thin lips and small teeth. No visible lateral line. Mostly silver with yellow, white or brown colouration or stripes.
Mugilidae family consists of 17 genera and 72 species. Large schools are found in shallow water just behind the breakers. Juveniles up to 2cm hide in estuaries. Sometimes confused with goatfish. Caught commercially. Pelagic spawners.
Feeds on algae, detritus, insects, fish eggs and plankton.
Occurs in all temperate and tropical oceans of the world.
Flathead mullet - Mugil cephalus
Groovy mullet - Liza dumerilii
Southern mullet - Liza richardsonii
© Johan Boshoff