Otomebora Mullet, Liza melinoptera (Valenciennes 1836)

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The Otomebora Mullet, is now named Chelon melinoptera.

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Otomebora Mullet, Liza melinoptera (Valenciennes 1836)

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Shark Bay, Western Australia, around the tropical north to the Proserpine area, Queensland. Widespread in the Indo-west-central Pacific from east Africa to French Polynesia (Marquesas Islands), north to the Philippines, and south to Tonga. 
Forms schools over sandy and muddy bottoms in shallow coastal waters, entering lagoons, estuaries and rivers to feed.


Feeds on algae and small plant detritus.

Similar Species

In Australia, this species has been confused with Liza macrolepis.

Species Citation

Mugil melinopterus Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1836, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons  11: 146. Type locality: Vanicoro.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Otomebora Mullet, Liza melinoptera (Valenciennes 1836)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37381020

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Coastal, estuarine

Max Size:30 cm SL

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