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blunt-nosed, tropical and temperate water fishes of the family Mugilidae, found worldwide. Small schools of mullets frequent shallow waters, feeding on aquatic plants and on mud, which is ground up in the gizzardlike stomach. The striped mullet, or flathead gray mullet, Mugil cephalus, is quite common, a bluish fish that attains a weight of 1 lb (0.45 kg). Mullets are good food fish, prized for their flesh and roe, and are preyed upon heavily by larger carnivorous fishes. The red mullets, or surmullets, are unrelated species of the family Mullidae. Mullets are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Mugiliformes, family Mugilidae.
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small fishes of the genus Mullus, Mullidae family, Percomorphi order. Two barbels on the lower lip play the basic role in finding food. The females are up to 40 cm long, and the males are smaller. Mullet feed primarily on benthic invertebrates. The eggs float in the open water. Mullet are encountered in the Mediterranean and Black seas. There are two species in the Black Sea, the mullet (Mullus barbatus) and the red mullet (M. surmuletus). Mullet is fished commercially.

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1. any of various teleost food fishes belonging to the families Mugilidae (see grey mullet) or Mullidae (see red mullet)
2. the US name for grey mullet
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Editors Corsetti and Blaber present readers with a collection of academic contributions on one of the worldAEs most common coastal marine fish, the grey mullet. The twenty-one contributions that make up the main body of the text cover the morphology and morphometry based taxonomy of mugilidae, the biogeography and distribution of mugilidae in Australia and Oceanea, the musculoskeletal anatomy of the flathead grey mullet, the food and feeding of mugilidae, and a wide variety of other subjects.
Thomson, "The grey mullets," Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, vol.
With the sea in my arm, I would fall asleep again, with the fry of a grey mullet. ("1/3") The sea caught in my palm, it was night, and the sea was very, very young.
A Bottarga is the salted roe of the grey mullet fish.
The fish species used for this study were golden grey mullet (Liza Aurata), common carp (Caprinus Carpio), common kilka (Clupeonella Cultriventrif Caspea), Caspian kutum (Rutilus Srisii Kutum) and pike perch (Sander Lucioperea).
So I had gravadlax followed by grey mullet and he had chicken liver parfait followed by ox-cheek pie.
Mackerel, sardine and grey mullet are caught in nets.
The concentrations of plasma sex steroids and gonadal aromatase during controlled sex differentiation in grey mullet, Mugil cephalus.
Parasites and diseases of the grey mullet (Mugilidae) with special reference to the seas of the near east.
Top spot went to Steve Williams with 2lb 4oz, consisting of a golden grey mullet a flounder and a Dover sole.
[1.] De Silva SS (1980) Biology of grey mullet: a short review.