Liza tricuspidens   (Smith,  1935) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 30-75 cm.

Max. weight recorded: 3,110 gm

Color: Dark on back, silvery on sides and belly.

Body robust, head moderately wide, flattened above. Head length 23 to 25% of standard length; fatty (adipose) tissue a rim around eye; lips thin, lower lip with a high symphysial knob; hind end of upper jaw on vertical a little behind posterior nostril; teeth labial, tricuspid, 2 rows on upper lip with scattered teeth between the rows, lower lip toothless; preorbital bone wide, filling the space between lip and eye, notched anteriorly. First dorsal fin origin equidistant from caudal fin base and snout tip; second dorsal fin origin on vertical over anterior quarter of anal fin base; pectoral axillary scale absent; pectoral fin length 80 to 85% of head length; anal fin with 3 spines and 9 soft rays; second dorsal and anal fins densely scaled. Scales in lateral series 42 to 45.

Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive.

Synonym (s)
Heteromugil tricuspidens (Smith, 1935)
(Senior synonym)
Mugil tricuspidens Smith, 1935
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Striped springer mullet (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish)

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Diatoms, dinoflagellates


Literature Source(s)
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 3 Available at -

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