Sharpnose Mullet

Sharpnose Mullet

 

(Mugil saliens), a fish of the family Mugilidae. The length is up to 40 cm, and the weight to 1 kg. There are golden stripes along the sides of the body.

The sharpnose mullet is distributed in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov and has been acclimatized in the Caspian Sea. It is a marine schooling fish. It matures in the third year of life and spawns in summer or at the beginning of autumn. Its fecundity is as high as 2.1 million eggs. The sharpnose mullet feeds on detritus, fouling organisms, and benthos. It forages in estuaries and lagoons and tolerates well a considerable freshening of the water. A valuable commercial fish, it winters along the shore.

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