striped red mullet

Scientific name Mullus surmuletus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Mullidae
Genus Mullus
Mullus surmuletus Mullus surmuletus

Introduction

Mullus surmuletus, commonly known as striped red mullet, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    11 year
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    11 year
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the striped red mullet ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

The striped red mullet measures between 25 and 40 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune and argent body. The also has rouge horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The striped red mullet is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare

The striped red mullet is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    1 - 400 m

Biotope presentation

The striped red mullet is most often found at a depth between 1m and 400m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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