Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Mugiliformes
(Mullets) > Mugilidae
Etymology: Chelon: Greek, chelone = turtle (Ref. 45335); bandialensis: The epithet bandialensis indicates the species is from the Bandiala channel, the main arm of the Sine Saloum estuary in Senegal where the species was first collected (Ref. 89987).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal; oceanodromous (Ref. 89987); depth range 0 - ? m. Tropical; 15°N - 9°N, 18°W - 13°W (Ref. 89987)
Africa: eastern central Atlantic Ocean and coastal waters of Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau (Ref. 89987).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 57.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 28587)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Robust and rounded body. Head profile pointed, alike L. dumerili. HL about 23% SL. Adipose tissue forming a single small rim around the eye. Upper lip's thickness about 1/3 the eye diameter. Lower lip with a thin rim. Anterior edge of the upper jaw reaches the vertical limit of the anterior eye rim. Back silverish blue-grey, sides pale to silver-white with seven longitudinal grey lines. Anal and dorsal fins yellow. Caudal fin yellow with a black edge (Ref. 28587).
Maximal length observed during the redescription is 43.9 cm SL (Ref. 89987). It seems to be a rare and large species throughout its distribution; only specimens > 25 cm were observed so far (Ref. 89987). It status for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is recommended as "Data Deficient" (Ref. 89987).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Diouf, P.S., 1991. Guide de détermination rapide des mulets des estuaires sénégalais. Doc. Sci. Cent. Rech. Océanogr. Dakar-Thiaroye (129):1-13. (Ref. 44663)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00493 - 0.02551), b=2.96 (2.78 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (48 of 100) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .