Sea Mullet, Mugil cephalus Click to enlarge image
A Sea Mullet caught at Hastings Point, just inside mouth of Cudgera Creek, December 2002. Image: Mark McGrouther
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Fast Facts


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.

Sea Mullet, Mugil cephalus
A Sea Mullet, Mugil cephalus, with unusually long fins. The fish was caught by a commercial fisher near Camden Haven, January 2012. Image: Lee Burdett

Life history 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.