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About the Thinlip Mullet

About the Thinlip Mullet

The thinlip mullet Liza ramada is a species of fish in the mugilidae family. It is found in shallow European waters and is a migratory species. The thinlip mullet has an elongated body compressed laterally. The head is short and flattened and the mouth is broad with a narrow upper lip and no tubercles. There are two dorsal fins and it is steely blue above and paler beneath. The scales are large and there is no externally visible lateral line. The largest specimens recorded weighed over 6lbs.

Spawning takes place at sea near the coast during gatherings between September and February when their eggs are free floating. When the eggs hatch, the juveniles colonise the littoral zone and estuaries. Adults usually live inshore, entering lagoons and estuaries and rivers such as the Frome between temperatures of 8-24°C. They feed on epiphytic algae, detritus and small benthic or planktonic organisms, pelagic eggs and larvae. Very little is known about how regularly they enter rivers and for how long.