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Species: Mugil brevirostris, Short Snouted Mullet

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body relatively deep
snout shorter than eye
D IV + I,8
pectoral ii,12-14, reach just past D1 origin
lateral scales 35-38
D2 & A all scaled, except rear edge
mouth short, not reaching under eye
teeth - 1 point

Mugil brevirostris (Ribeiro, 1915)

Short Snouted Mullet

Body elongate, compressed, relatively deep; head deeper than wide at level of edge of operculum; top of head flat; snout shorter than eye diameter; fatty (adipose) tissue covering most of eye; mouth small, ~opens at front, rear end of upper jaw not reaching to level of anterior rim of eye; teeth with single point, spatulate, slightly curved tips outer row on top lip larger than inner teeth, lower lip with 1 row of close-set fine teeth that are smaller than teeth on top lip; gill rakers 21-25; two short, widely spaced dorsal fins, IV (origin equidistant between tail fin base and tip of snout) + i, 8 adults (ii,7 in small juveniles); anal fin III, 8 (II, i8 in small juveniles); pectorals high on body, ii, 12-14, reaching slightly past level of origin of first dorsal fin; pelvics I,5; scales in lateral series from top of pectoral base to base of tail fin 35-38 (33-39), 12-14 in transverse series, 18-19 around base of tail; second dorsal and anal entirely with small scales, except rear edge; no lateral line.

Body silvery, a little darker above; 1st dorsal, pelvic and anal fins pale; 2nd dorsal and tail fin with blackish rear edges; pectoral with dark spot covering bases of top ii+5 rays.

Size: grows to 26 cm.

Habitat: inshore fresh, brackish and marine coastal waters.

Depth: 0-25 m, typically inshore.

Southern Caribbean to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Detritivore
  • No Data
  • Omnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Detritus
  • Insects
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Phytoplankton
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 26
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 25