Animal Species:Pinkeye Mullet, Trachystoma petardi (Castelnau, 1875)
The Pinkeye Mullet is a stout fish with a large belly and a deeply forked tail. It is endemic to Australia.
Standard Common Name
Freshwater Mullet, Pinkeye, Richmond Mullet, River Mullet
The Pinkeye Mullet is a stout fish with a large belly and a deeply forked tail. It has a small head that is shorter than the body depth. The species is greenish brown above, and silvery on the sides and below. The fins are dusky coloured. The species is frequently placed in genus Myxus.
The species grows to 80 cm in length and 7.5 kg in weight, although is more commonly found at sizes up to 40 cm.
It is endemic to Australia. It occurs in freshwater coastal streams, as well as estuarine and coastal waters from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. (as Myxus petardi)
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Merrick, J.R. & G.E. Schmida. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Biology and Management. John R. Merrick. Pp. 409. (as Myxus petardi)
- Thomson, J.M. in McDowall, R.M. 1996. Freshwater Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Reed Books. Pp. 247. (as Myxus petardi)
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology