Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Mugiliformes
(Mullets) > Mugilidae
Etymology: Mugil: Latin, mugil, -ilis = grey mullet (Ref. 45335); margaritae: Named for Isla Margarita, Venezuela; its type locality.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 26.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 99819)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9. This species is distinguished from M. liza, M. curvidens, M. trichodon in having 3 spines
and 9 branched anal fin rays in adults or 2 spines, 1 unbranched and 9 branched anal fin rays in juveniles (vs. 3 spines and 8 branched anal fin rays in adults or 2 spines, 1 unbranched and 8 branched anal fin rays in juveniles); it differs from M. incilis in having the dorsal-fin origin midway between the snout tip and the caudal-fin base (vs. dorsal-fin origin much closer to the snout tip than to the caudal-fin base) and with 17-18 longitudinal scale rows around the caudal peduncle (vs. 20-23); differs from M. brevirostris, M. curema, M. rubrioculus in having 40-44 oblique scale rows from the dorsal limit of the pectoral-fin base to the caudal-fin base (vs. 35-39 oblique scale rows from the origin of the pectoral-fin limit to the caudal-fin base) and 13-15, usually 14, longitudinal scale rows from the dorsal-fin origin to the pelvic-fin origin (vs. 12-13, usually 13 oblique scale rows from the limit of the pectoral-fin base to the caudal-fin base) (Ref. 99819).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Menezes, N,A,, M. Nirchio, C. De Oliveira and R. Siccharamirez, 2015. Taxonomic review of the species of Mugil (Teleostei: Perciformes: Mugilidae) from the Atlantic South Caribbean and South America, with integration of morphological, cytogenetic and molecular data. Zootaxa 3918(1):1-38. (Ref. 99819)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00516 - 0.02438), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .