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Fantail Mullet: Mugil gyrans

Appearance:

  • Back is olive green with blue tints, shading to silvery sides and a white belly
  • Anal and pelvic fins yellowish
  • Dark blotch at base of pectoral fin
  • Second dorsal fin starts behind the beginning of the anal fin
  • Inverted V-shaped mouth Lacks dark stripes

Similar Species: Striped mullet, M. cephalus (has stripes and lacks black blotch at base of pectoral fin), and white mullet, M. curema (lacks pigmented second dorsal fin)

Size: Usually less than 1 pound 

Habitat:

Coastal waters, occurring along beaches in the fall.

Behavior:

Spawn in nearshore or inshore waters during spring and summer. Juveniles found inshore.  Feed on algae, small crustaceans and decaying matter.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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