Thin-Lipped Grey Mullet
UK Record Weights from
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Typical Grey Mullet with it's streamlined body, flattened head, and two widely spaced dorsal fins.
The broad head is short and flattened, has a narrow, but well developed upper lip, but is thinner that the diameter of the eye. The mouth is small, and has minute teeth, forming a single row on the lower edge of the lip. The eyes are covered in a transparent membrane, save for the area over the pupil.The snout region is scaled to the anterior nostrils. The underside of the lower jaw sports a wide midline space, in contrast to that of the Thick Lipped Grey Mullet.Scales on the upper body have only one groove.
The narrow based first dorsal fin is composed of four narrow membrane spines that fan from the base. The second dorsal fin has some 8 to 9 branched rays.The anal fin is very similar in shape to that of the second dorsal fin above it, but is formed of three leading spines, followed by 8 to 9 branched rays. The pectoral fin is short, and will not reach the edge of the eye if pushed forwards. It has a distinctive black spot at it's base.
The overall colouration of the back and upper sides is that of a bluish grey, with the sides being more silver and blending into the white of the belly region. A degree of stripping occurs lengthwise along the mid and upper sides.
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