Osteomugil cunnesius (Valenciennes, 1836)
Longarm mullet
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets), subfamily: Rhinomugilinae
Max. size:  41 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 3 m, catadromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 2-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Color greenish-grey dorsally, sides silvery. Second dorsal and anal fin with black margins (Ref. 9812). Posterior tip of upper jaw hidden when mouth closed. Pectoral fins 86-97% of head length, reaching below origin of first dorsal fin with axillary scale nearly half the length of fin. 37-43 scales in lateral series, scales with membranous digitated hind margin.
Biology:  Occur in shallow coastal waters, including estuaries and backwaters, frequently enters freshwater. Form larger aggregations during spawning which takes place at sea. Young individuals enter tidal rivers. Feed on organic matter contained in sand and mud (Ref. 30573). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Marketed fresh and salted. Decays rapidly, but well liked when fresh.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 04.11.91
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 09.08.17
Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 23.01.13

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