Name : Mugil cephalus

Class : Actinopterygii

Order : Mugiliformes

Family : Mugilidae

Description :

Dorsal spines (total): 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Colour olive-green dorsally, sides silvery shading to white ventrally; lateral stripes sometimes distinctive. Lips thin. Pectoral fins short (when folded forward does not reach eye). Well developed adipose eyelid. Anal spines 3 in adults; anal soft rays 8 in adults, 9 in larvae.


Maximum length: 61.3 cm (TL), common length: 30-40 cm (TL)


Feeds on detritus, micro-algae and benthic organisms


Marketed fresh, dried, salted, and frozen; roe sold fresh or smoked


Gillnet, cast net, drag net, hook and line