Fantail Mullet: Mugil gyrans


  • Color olive green with blue tints on back, shading to silvery sides, white below
  • Anal and pelvic fins yellowish
  • Dark blotch at base of pectoral fin
  • Inverted V-shaped mouth
  • Insertion of second dorsal over that of anal fin


These are an inshore species, occurring along beaches in the fall.


Fantail mullet spawn in nearshore and possibly inshore waters during spring and summer.  Juveniles occur inshore.  This fish feeds on algae, small crustaceans and detritus.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

small mullet, less than 1 pound.

Additional Information:

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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