Planiliza alata (Steindachner, 1892)
Diamond mullet
Planiliza alata
photo by SFSA

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  75 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic, catadromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa south to Algoa Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4393), Madagascar, northern Australia (Timor Sea), New Guinea and Tonga. Reported from the Marquesas (Ref. 12792). Africa: Inland waters - Zambezi
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Scale margins dark; pelvic fins bright yellow or orange (Ref. 4393).
Biology:  Adults inhabit coastal waters, estuaries; sometimes ascending rivers into fresh water (Ref. 9812). They prefer slow moving waters or still lagoons (Ref. 9812). Often found in turbid water, over muddy substrates, and with well-substantiated aquatic vegetation (Ref. 9812). They feed on microalgae, detritus, terrestrial plant material, and aquatic insects (Ref. 9812). Perhaps catadromous (Ref. 9812). 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: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.04.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 09.08.17
Checked by: Harrison, Ian - 02.10.95

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