Flathead Grey Mullet Mugil cephalus

Flathead Grey Mullet
Flathead Grey Mullet
Flathead Grey Mullet
The Flathead Grey Mullet, also called the Common Grey and the Striped Grey Mullet (the latter is also the name of another Grey Mullet) is one of the several species (and genera) of Grey Mullet. It is native to coastal and estuarine waters of most of the temperate to tropical seas of the world. It is grey or grey-brown on top, grey-striped on the flanks and has a light belly. It can be distinguished from the Thick-lipped Grey Mullet by a less swollen upper lip, a slightly less-forked tail and a less steep decline from first dorsal fin to head. It is typically some 50cm long but can, exceptionally, be 100cm. It usually lives in shoals near the seabed. It can cope with low salinity of estuaries and downstream rivers. Diet is zooplankton and algae.