Dajaus monticola (Bancroft, 1834)
Mountain mullet
Dajaus monticola
photo by Molina, A.

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  36 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic, catadromous
Distribution:  North to South America: North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and Texas in the USA to Colombia and Venezuela, including the West Indies.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 9-9
Biology:  Adults live in freshwater rivers and streams. Young are encountered occasionally in brackish waters. This is the only mullet that ascends far inland and spends all its adult life in freshwater (Ref. 11225). Tend to be few and solitary in upper streams, but form uneven schools in larger streams at lower elevations (Ref. 11225). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Usually spawn during the rainy season (Ref. 42119). Caught and consumed by local populations in some parts of central America.
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 09.08.17
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 09.08.17

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