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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.



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.


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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Cardona L (2000) Effects of salinity on the habitat selection and growth performance of Mediterranean flathead grey mullet Mugil cephalus (Osteichthyes, Mugilidae).
With the sea in my arm, I would fall asleep again, with the fry of a grey mullet.
The lipid content of golden grey mullet, common carp, common kilka, Caspian kutum and pike perch were determined by Bligh and Dyer method (Bligh and Dyer.
I'd never had grey mullet before, thinking it was perhaps a fish of the red variety who was having a bit of a bad day.
Mackerel, sardine and grey mullet are caught in nets and dumped into plastic crates to be sold in the street markets.
Gonadal histology and plasma sex steroids during 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.
A change in fish shopping habits at Tesco has led to a sharp rise in more unusual types of fish like Megrim, Grey Mullet and Brill.
There is a varied Sunday menu, offering the traditional - roast ribeye, Yorkshire pud and red wine jus, as well as the less conventional - roast fillet of grey mullet on crushed new potatoes and sweetcorn.
The last time I got so tense over a grey mullet was some years ago when the old man had a seriously dodgy haircut
Using float-fished breadflake with liquidised bread as groundbait, he soon had a fine 4lb 4oz thick-lipped grey mullet on the bank.
Lynn's grey mullet and quinoa also won rave reviews.