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fantail-mullet

Fantail Mullet

Mugil gyrans

Appearance: Color olive green with blue tints on back, shading to silvery sides, white below. Anal and pelvic fins yellowish. Dark blotch at base of pectoral fin. Inverted V-shaped mouth. Insertion of second dorsal over that of anal fin.

Habitat: These are an inshore species, occuring along beaches in the fall.

Behavior: Fantail mullet spawn in nearshore and possibly inshore waters during spring and summer. Juveniles occur inshore. This fish feeds on algae, small crustaceans and detritus.

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Small mullet, less than 1 pound.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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