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Species: Mugil margaritae, Margarita Mullet

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flank: faint stripes
fins pale, C edge dark
D origin mid-body
pectoral: not reaching D origin; ii,13-15
pectoral base: large dark blotch
A III, 9
scales: 40-44 lateral, 13-15 from D origin to pelvic origin

Mugil margaritae Menezes, Nirchio, Oliveira & Siccha-Ramirez, 2015

Margarita Mullet

Body elongate, compressed; body deepest at origin of dorsal fin 28-31% of SL; head with upper and lower profiles convex; eyes mostly covered by a well developed transparent fatty eyelid; mouth small (rear end of upper jaw reaching to level of front edge of eye), opens slightly under snout; teeth on both lips minute, with 1 curved, spatulate point, outer row larger on top lip, single row of teeth on lower lip smaller that top teeth; gill rakers 48-85; two short, widely spaced dorsal fins, IV (origin midway between snout tip and tail fin base) + i, 8; anal fin III, 9 (II, i9 in juvenile); pectorals high on body, 1st ray hard, ii (2nd ray very small), 15 (13-15), fin not reaching level of origin of first dorsal fin; pelvics inserted behind pectoral base; forked tail; scales moderate to large, rough on body of adults; scales in lateral series from top of pectoral base to base of tail fin 41 (40-44), 17-18 around base of tail, 14 (13-15) from dorsal fin origin to pelvic fin origin; second dorsal and anal fins densely scales, except outer border; no lateral line.

Body darker above paler below; center of flank with inconspicuous stripes; fins all pale; tail fin with dark rear edge; pectoral base with large dark blotch that extends onto bases of top 10 rays.

Size: grows to 34 cm.

Habitat: Inshore

Depth: 0-10 m?

Known only from Venezuela.

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  • Brackish
  • Hypersaline
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Mangrove
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Detritivore
  • Omnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Detritus
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Phytoplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 34
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10