Mugil crenilabis Forsskal, 1775, Red Sea.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Mulet boxeur; Spanish: Lisa labride.
Commonly reaches 10.2 in (26 cm) in standard length but may reach 19.7 in (50 cm). The upper lip is very thick, with up to 10 rows of small papillae in fish larger than 2.4 in (6 cm). There are no teeth on the lips. The anal fin has three spines and usually nine soft rays in adults. There are 36–42 scales in a longitudinal series along the flanks. Body is olive-green dorsally and silvery on the flanks and abdomen. Pectoral fins are yellowish, with a distinct dark purplish spot at the upper part of the fin base.
Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to Polynesia.
In shallow waters (up to 65.6 ft, or 20 m) of lagoons with sandy and muddy bottoms, reef flats, tide pools, and harbors.
Little is known.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Larvae and juveniles probably feed on plankton. Adults probably feed on particulate organic material, algae, and invertebrates.
Adult fish form schools in shallow waters around lagoons before spawning.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Small commercial and subsistence fisheries, particularly in Polynesia; some aquaculture.
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