Myxus elongatus Günther, 1861
Sand grey mullet
Myxus elongatus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 10 m, catadromous
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Australia including the Lord Howe and Norfolk islands. Probably also the southern extreme of Queensland (Ref. 9812).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-4; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Dark olive-green or reddish brown dorsally, greenish wash on upper flanks, lower flanks silvery (Ref. 9812). Gold blotch on operculum (Ref. 9812). Golden-yellow iris around dark eye (Ref. 9812). Fins greenish brown, except anal fin with white margin (Ref. 9812). Black spot at base of pectoral fin (Ref. 9812).
Biology:  Form schools in shallow coastal waters and lower estuaries. Found in freshwater during its first year, seldom thereafter (Ref. 9812). Spawn near estuary mouths or in the sea (Ref. 9812). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Feed on small crustaceans and mollusks as well as microscopic algae (Ref. 2109). Marketed fresh or filleted (Ref. 9812).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 17.02.95
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 03.10.07
Checked by: Harrison, Ian - 02.10.95

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