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Family Mugilidae


Mugil cephalus

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet


Yawatano, Izu, Japan, 5 feet

STRIPED MULLET    'ama'ama, 'anae    Bora

Locally common as aggregations in shallow, often brackish, coastal waters and fishponds where it may be raised for aquaculture.  Mullet leap out of the water if disturbed.  Smoothly tapered body with rounded snout, eyes covered by thick transparent adipose tissue.  Scale rows appear as alternating stripes and there's a dark trailing edge on the caudal fin.  Attains 20 inches.  Warm seas worldwide.