Agonostomus monticola  (Bancroft, 1834)

Mountain mullet
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Mugiliformes (Mullets) > Mugilidae (Mullets)
Etymology: Agonostomus: Greek, a = without + Greek, gonias= angle, corner + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; pelagic-neritic; catadromous (Ref. 51243).   Subtropical; 20°C - 31°C (Ref. 36880); 36°N - 1°N

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 16.6, range 12 - ? cm
Max length : 36.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9321)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 9

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North to South America: North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and Texas in the USA to Colombia and Venezuela, including the West Indies.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults live in freshwater rivers and streams. Young are encountered occasionally in brackish waters. This is the only mullet that ascends far inland and spends all its adult life in freshwater (Ref. 11225). Tend to be few and solitary in upper streams, but form uneven schools in larger streams at lower elevations (Ref. 11225). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Usually spawn during the rainy season (Ref. 42119). Caught and consumed by local populations in some parts of central America.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Harrison, Ian | Collaborators

Harrison, I.J., 1995. Mugilidae. Lisas. p. 1293-1298. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9321)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01148 (0.00526 - 0.02507), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Fec = 128,827).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.