Animal Species:Diamond-scale Mullet, Liza vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

Diamond-scale Mullet is a schooling species found in lagoons, shallow sandy areas, mangroves and rivers. It occurs throughout the tropical Indo-West and Central Pacific.

A Diamond-scale Mullet feeding at the surface

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Standard Common Name

Diamond-scale Mullet

Identification

The Diamond-scale Mullet is silvery-grey with black scale margins. It has a truncate caudal fin. Juveniles have black pectoral fins.

Size range

The species grows to 55 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs throughout the tropical Indo-West and Central Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to northern New South Wales.

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Diamond-scale Mullet specimens in the Australian Museum collection.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs in lagoons, shallow sandy areas, mangroves and rivers.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Diamond-scale Mullet is a schooling species.

Classification

Species:
vaigiensis
Genus:
Liza
Family:
Mugilidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557. (as Ellochelon vaigiensis)


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