- Red Mullet
Body moderately long, compressed; dorsal profile rounded, steep in front of dorsal fin; snout long, mouth with fleshy lips, chin with a pair of sensory barbels. Colour highly variable, darker above than below, ranging from overall greyish-cream, pale greenish, pinkish to orange-red, some with a reddish to blackish stripe running from snout, through eye to tail base, other individuals with blue lines and spots. Can rapidly change colour. To 35 cm.
These fishes use their sensory chin barbels to "taste" the bottom in search of food. Juveniles often school in sheltered bays.
In bays, estuaries, and in sheltered coastal waters, on sandy bottoms often near rocky and weedy areas, in depths of 2-100 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed