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Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)
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Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)

General Description: Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus), or more properly Flathead Mullet, are fusiform, schooling fish that grow to about 30 inches. The color is olive-green dorsally, silvery on the sides, and white below. The large lateral scales each have a dark central spot, which align to give the appearance of lateral stripes. The lips are thin, the eye is large, and the pectoral fins are short.

Taxonomy: Family: Mugilidae.

Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)

Diet: Juveniles feed on zooplankton, while adults primarily eat aquatic vegetation (algae), but they probably get some aquatic insects too.

Favored Habitat: Warm salt and brackish waters, also warm fresh water in the lower reaches of large rivers.

Where to Find: Don't look for Striped Mullet around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in the lower Colorado River, in the southeastern US, and in warm coastal waters worldwide.

Comments: Striped mullet are major prey items for Osprey and Bald Eagle in the US Gulf Coast region.

Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)
Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)
Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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