Chelon richardsonii (Smith, 1846)
South African mullet
Chelon richardsonii
photo by SFSA

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  40.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal, catadromous
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: South African coastal waters from Walfish Bay to Natal.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9
Biology:  Found in coastal waters, mainly off rocky points and sandy beaches; may enter estuaries which serve as nursery areas (Ref. 27121). Feed mainly on diatoms and detritus, but also on planktonic crustaceans (Ref. 27121). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.02.92
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 09.08.17
Checked by: Harrison, Ian - 21.11.95

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