Planiliza melinopterus (Valenciennes, 1836)
Otomebora mullet
photo by SFSA

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 5 m, catadromous
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Marquesan Islands, north to the Philippines and the South China Sea, south to Tonga and tropical Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Olive-brown dorsally, silvery or white ventrally (Ref. 9812). Distal margins of dorsal fins and caudal fin dusky (Ref. 9812). No axillary scale on the pectoral fins.
Biology:  School in shallow coastal waters; enter lagoons, estuaries, and rivers to feed (Ref. 9812). Feed on plant detritus, microalgae, minute benthic organisms, and organic matter in sand and mud; juveniles feed on planktonic algae (Ref. 9812). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Also caught with stakenets and is marketed fresh (Ref. 9812).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.92
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 09.08.17
Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 23.01.13

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