Animal Species:Sea Mullet, Mugil cephalus Linnaeus, 1758

Sea Mullet, Mugil cephalus

Sea Mullet, Mugil cephalus
Photographer: Mark McGrouther © Australian Museum


The species is found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters.

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.

Mugil cephalus

Life cycle

Kailola (1993) state "Depending on the size of fish, female sea mullet produce between 1.6 million and 4.8 million pelagic eggs, averaging 0.6 mm in diameter"


  1. 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.
  2. Kailola, P.J. 1993. Australian fisheries resources. Canberra, A.C.T.: Bureau of Resource Sciences and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Pp. 422.

Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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