Animal Species:Goldspot Mullet, Liza argentea (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

The Goldspot Mullet is light brown above, silver below and has dusky coloured dorsal and caudal fins. The eyes of live fish are purple with golden flecks.

Goldspot Mullet, Liza argentea

Goldspot Mullet, Liza argentea
Photographer: John Pogonoski © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Goldspot Mullet

Alternative Name/s

Brown-back Mullet, Bull-nose Mullet, Fantail Mullet, Flat-tail Mullet, Flattail Mullet, Gold-gill, Gold-gill Mullet, Jumpin Mullet, Jumping Mullet, Ramsay's Mullet, Rock Mullet, Rockies, Tiger Mullet, Tygum, Tygum Mullet, Wankari

Number of species

Over twenty species of mullet are known from Australian waters.


The Goldspot Mullet can be separated from the other Australian species by the lack of an axillary process at the base of the pectoral fins and by the number of lateral line scales (35-38) and anal fin rays (10). The species is light brown above, silver below and has dusky coloured dorsal and caudal fins. The eyes of live fish are purple with golden flecks, and the posterior region of the operculum is golden.

Size range

The Goldspot Mullet grows to 30 cm in length.


The species is endemic to Australia. It occurs in tropical and temperate waters from northern Queensland, around the south of the country and north to the central coast of Western Australia.

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.

Liza argentea

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Goldspot Mullet specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?


Juveniles are often found in coastal streams. Adults live in estuaries and along sea beaches.



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  6. Thomson. J.M. in McDowall, R.M. 1996. Freshwater Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Reed Books. Pp. 247.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Flat-tail Mullet, Goldspot Mullet, Liza argentea, Mugilidae,