The Grey Mullets

Luther, G (1967) The Grey Mullets. In: Souvenir 20th Anniversary Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, 3 February 1967, Mandapam.



The grey mullets comprising the family Mugilidae are a common sight in the coastal waters and estuaries of the tropical and subtropical zones of all seas. They are known to ascend frequently into the fresh water zone of rivers. The main food of the mullets restrict them to shallow waters for feeding and presumably explain their abundance in estuaries and lagoons where such food reach their greatest density. Mullets in general are hardy fish, capable of living in extreme conditions of environment. They tolerate wide variation in salinity ranging from that of fresh water to brine water (92%o), and temperature ranging from 3-4°C to 40°C. They are known to survive in oxygen levels as low as 0.5 p.p.m. On account of these properties the grey mullets are probably one of the most important of all salt water fishes for farming in fresh and saline waters. They are extensively cultivated in several countries of the Indo-Pacific region, in Israel and in Egypt to augment the food supplies. Due to their good flavour and high nutritive value, mullets form one of the best table fishes.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Grey Mullets
Subjects:Demersal Fishes > Mullet
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
ID Code:5564
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:19 Oct 2010 15:49
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