Grey mullet (Mugil cephalus)

cefaloCommon name: Grey mullet

Scientific name: Mugil cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Seasonality: all year

Biological and ecological features of the species: A gregarious species, it lives near the coast on rocky and stony bottoms, it also visits sandy and muddy areas, near freshwater currents. Its body is silvery grey with a white belly. It feeds on zooplankton and organic matter.

Max length: 120 cm

Minimum conservation reference size: 20 cm

Fishing gear: Pelagic trawl

Nutritional qualities:  This species is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, iron and zinc. The fat content is variable with fish size, with season and with the reproductive cycle. In particular, the muscle lipid content decreases in females during spawning. The taste of grey mullet from fresh- and brackish-water is delicate. The specimens of higher quality are those captured at sea. The ovaries, salted and dried, are used to produce salted mullet roe.

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