Mugil cunnesius [Status Unaccepted]   Cuvier and Valenciennes,  1836 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 16.2 cm.

Color: Bluish green above, silvery below, dorsal and caudal fins with indistinct blackish margins, sometimes a black spot superiorly at the base of the pectoral.

Height subequal to length of head, about 1/4 of length , 1/5 of length with caudal. Diameter of eye 1/5 of length of head and twice its postorbital part, posteriorly with a gelatinous membrane. Interorbital space very slightly convex, its width a long 2/5 of the length of the head. Snout short, obtuse, the praeorbital has the anterior margin nearly straight, it does not entirely cover the maxillary, the extremity of which is visible behind the angle of the mouth. Lip thin. Origin of first dorsal separated by 22 scales from snout, opposite to 12th lateral scale and nearer to end of snout than to base of caudal. Anterior dorsal spines exceeding somewhat one half of length of head. Second dorsal opposite to 25th lateral scale and to third anal ray. Caudal slightly emarginate. Vertical fins without scales. Pectorals much shorter than head, reaching to 12th lateral scale or to origin of first dorsal, with a long axillary scale, nearly half the length of the fin. Least height of caudal peduncle less than one half the length of the head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mugil cunnesius Cantor 1850
Mugil cunnesius Gunther 1861
Mugil cunnesius Klunzinger 1884
Mugil cunnesius Ogilby 1908

Common Name (s)
• Grey Mullet
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake (Lat: 19.77) (Long: 85.33) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Madras Cost INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh Coast INDIA
• Orissa, Chilka Lake INDIA
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S (1981) Distribution and status of the dugong, Dugong dugon Proceedings of a seminar/workshop held at James Cook University, 8-13 May, 1979 43-54
  • Abbaasi, SA (1997) Wetlands of India-Ecology and Threats Discovery Publishing House,New Delhi II 1-182 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Day, F (1981) The fishes of Malabar 1-281 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Threadfin Bream (Nemipterus) Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

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