MULLETS - MUGILIDAE
Chiefly marine (coastal) and brackish water; some in freshwater
Spinous (4 spines) and soft dorsal fins widely separated. Pelvic fins subabdominal; 1 spine, 5 soft rays. Lateral line hardly visible when present. Mouth of moderate size.
Toothless or teeth small. Long gill rakers. Muscular stomach; extremely long intestine. Vertebrae 24-26.
Maximum length about 90 cm.
Travel in schools and feed on fine algae, diatoms, and detritus of bottom sediments. Important food fishes.
Latin, mugil, -ilis = grey mullet