Striped Mullet: Mugil cephalus


  • Back is bluish-gray or green, shading to silvery sides and a white belly
  • Indistinct horizontal black stripes on sides
  • Second dorsal fin starts over the beginning of the anal fin
  • Blunt nose and small mouth
  • No black blotch at base of pectoral fin

Similar Species: Fantail mullet, M. gyrans; and white mullet, M. curema (both have a black blotch at base of pectoral fin and lack dark stripes) 

Size: Common to 3 pounds 


Coastal waters


Adult striped mullet migrate offshore in large schools to spawn.  Juveniles migrate inshore at about 1 inch in size, moving far up tidal creeks. Frequent leapers and feed on algae, decaying matter and other tiny marine life.

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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