Crenimugil buchanani (Bleeker, 1853)
Bluetail mullet
photo by Williams, J.T.

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  100 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 10 m, catadromous
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: South Africa through Philippines, parts of Indonesia, Micronesia and Melanesia; north to the Mariana Islands and southern Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Greenish dorsally; flanks and abdomen silvery; small gold patch on upper operculum and iris; caudal fin bright blue, pectoral fins yellow with dark blue spot dorsally at origin (Ref. 9812).
Biology:  Inhabit coastal waters, including estuaries and rivers (Ref. 5213). Young fish frequent estuaries and also ascend rivers and coastal creeks (Ref. 2847). Feed on algae, diatoms, detritus, and crustaceans (Ref. 9812). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Caught during the spawning period (Ref. 9812). Other methods include the use of stakenets, pouch nets, and barrier nets (Ref. 9812).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 18.12.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 09.08.17
Checked by: Harrison, Ian - 02.10.95

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