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  Common names: mullet (English), lisa (Espanol)
Mugil galapagensis  Ebeling, 1961

Galapagos mullet

Moderately elongate, robust body; head broad, flattened above; eyes mostly covered by a well developed transparent fatty eyelid; mouth small (rear end of upper jaw not reaching under front rim of eye), opens at front, lips thin; no knob at front of lower lips; outer row of teeth in jaws forked; no teeth on tongue or roof of mouth; two short, widely spaced dorsal fins, IV + I, 9;  anal fin III, 8 (II, 9 in juveniles); pectorals high on body, 1st  ray hard,  fin very short, not reaching level of origin of first dorsal fin; pelvics inserted behind pectoral base; forked tail; scales  moderate to large, rough on body of adults;  scales in lateral series 44 (43-45); second dorsal and anal with scales on inner parts of membranes of front few rays; no lateral line.

Dark phase:  dusky; pectorals black, with silver base; tail dark. Yellowtail phase: olive green above, silvery green on sides;  5-6 faint brownish stripes on side along scale rows; tail fin yellow; pelvics white; outer half of anal fin yellow; first dorsal white, with dark spines; pectoral base dark blue. 

Size: 90 cm.

Habitat: juveniles in mangrove lagoons; dark adults on rocks and sandy bottoms; yellowtail adults feed at surface in clear water near reefs.

Depth: 0-20 m.

Restricted to the Galapagos Islands.


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