Thicklip grey mullet

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Thicklip grey mullet
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Mugiliformes
Family: Mugilidae
Genus: Chelon
Species: C. labrosus
Binomial name
Chelon labrosus
(A. Risso, 1827)
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Chelon labrosus range in red

The thicklip grey mullet, Chelon labrosus, is a coastal fish of the family Mugilidae. It typically is about 32 cm (13 in) long, with 75 cm (30 in) being the maximum recorded.[1] It is named after its thick upper lip and silvery-grey appearance.

It is a common fish of shallow, sheltered coasts, estuaries, and around power station and sewer outfalls; it can also enter fresh water areas.

It lives in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean from Iceland to Senegal and Cape Verde, including the Mediterranean Sea and the southwestern Black Sea. This species is partially migratory, heading northwards in summer.

It feeds mainly on benthic diatoms, epiphytic algae, small invertebrates and detritus.

The thicklip grey mullet lays its eggs in winter. Both eggs and fry are pelagic.

Human interaction[edit]

The thicklip grey mullet is valued both as a food fish and as a tenacious game fish.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2008). "Chelon labrosus" in FishBase. September 2008 version.
  2. ^ "The thicklip Grey Mullet is regarded widely as the hardest fighting fish swimming in Irish waters" in [1]