Mugil liza Valenciennes, 1836
Lebranche mullet
Mugil liza
photo by Barbosa, J.M./M. Deda

Family:  Mugilidae (Mullets)
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed); 69 cm TL (female); max.weight: 9,000.0 g
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range - 10 m, catadromous
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida (USA), Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean Sea to Argentina.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8
Biology:  Inhabit coastal marine waters and brackish estuaries (Ref. 3791); also found in hyper-saline lagoons and may enter freshwater (Ref. 5217). Never far from the sea (Ref. 3791). Form sizeable schools (Ref. 3791). Appear to undergo trophic migrations along the coasts (Ref. 35237). Feed on organic detritus and filamentous algae (Ref. 9626). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Spawn several million eggs (Ref. 35237) at sea (Ref. 3791). Also caught with beach nets (Ref. 5217). Marketed fresh and salted (Ref. 5217). The roe is marketed salt-pickled and dried and considered a delicacy (Ref. 5217).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 05 December 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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