- 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
Coastal waters, occurring along beaches in the fall.
Spawn in nearshore or inshore waters during spring and summer. Juveniles found inshore. Feed on algae, small crustaceans and decaying matter.