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Liza alata  (Steindachner, 1892)

Diamond mullet
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Mugiliformes (Mullets) > Mugilidae (Mullets)
Etymology: Liza: Spanish, liza = grey mullet.

Issue
Liza ordensis from northern Austalia is most probably a different species on the basis of molecular investigations after Durand et al. (2012: Ref. 90274). The correspondng species page will be created when a taxonomic paper will state formally on the case.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; catadromous (Ref. 46888).   Tropical, preferred ?; 23°N - 33°S, 25°E - 136°W

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Indo-West Pacific: East Africa south to Algoa Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4393), Madagascar, northern Australia (Timor Sea), New Guinea and Tonga. Reported from the Marquesas (Ref. 12792). Africa: Inland waters - Zambezi

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9812); common length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9812)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9. Scale margins dark; pelvic fins bright yellow or orange (Ref. 4393).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults inhabit coastal waters, estuaries; sometimes ascending rivers into fresh water (Ref. 9812). They prefer slow moving waters or still lagoons (Ref. 9812). Often found in turbid water, over muddy substrates, and with well-substantiated aquatic vegetation (Ref. 9812). They feed on microalgae, detritus, terrestrial plant material, and aquatic insects (Ref. 9812). Perhaps catadromous (Ref. 9812). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Harrison, Ian | Collaborators

Harrison, I.J. and H. Senou, 1997. Order Mugiliformes. Mugilidae. Mullets. p. 2069-2108. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 4. Bony fishes part 2 (Mugilidae to Carangidae). FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9812)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
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