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.
Standard Common Name
The Diamond-scale Mullet is silvery-grey with black scale margins. It has a truncate caudal fin. Juveniles have black pectoral fins.
The species grows to 55 cm in length.
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.
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.
It occurs in lagoons, shallow sandy areas, mangroves and rivers.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Diamond-scale Mullet is a schooling species.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- 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.
- 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)