Characteristics and Behavior:
The Striped Mullet has an elongated body with a silver color and vertical stripes along its sides. It has a small, upturned mouth with a blunt nose and head and can grow up to 3 feet in length. Striped Mullet are known to be fast swimmers and can travel in large schools. They are omnivorous and feed on algae, plankton, and small fish.
- The Striped Mullet Fish is found in coastal waters and estuaries around the world.
- They prefer shallow waters with sandy or muddy bottoms and are commonly found near jetties and inlets.
- They can tolerate a wide range of salinities and temperatures, and can even enter freshwater.
- The lifespan of the Striped Mullet Fish can range from 3 to 5 years.
- They reach sexual maturity at around 2 years of age.
- Spawning usually occurs in the spring and summer months, with females releasing eggs in batches.
- Striped Mullet Fish are known to leap out of the water when threatened by predators, using their powerful tail muscles to propel themselves.
- Adult striped mullet migrate offshore in large schools to spawn. Juveniles migrate inshore at about 1 inch in size, moving far up tidal creeks. Frequent leapers and feed on algae, decaying matter and other tiny marine life.
- Striped Mullet Fish are important for recreational fishing and have also been used in scientific research to study water quality and pollution.