Pseudomyxus capensis (Valenciennes, 1836)
Freshwater mullet
photo by SFSA

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  45 cm FL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal, catadromous
Distribution:  Africa: east coastal estuaries and rivers from the BreĆ« River to Kosi Bay (South Africa).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Silvery grey in color (Ref. 4393).
Biology:  Adults occur in freshwater to estuarine conditions. Adults breed at sea; juveniles move into estuaries and enter rivers in late winter or early spring. Females remain in freshwater for 7 years, males for 4 years. Return to estuaries before maturing sexually prior to spawning. Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Feed on benthic algae and small invertebrates over muddy bottom (Ref. 6465). Decline in population from obstruction, by dams and weirs, of free passage into rivers.
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Cruz, Tess - 06.08.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 09.08.17
Checked by: Harrison, Ian - 22.11.95

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