South African Mullet

Liza richardsonii

The South African mullet is found exclusively from Walvis Bay in Namibia to KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is also known as the southern mullet, or the harder mullet. Adult fish live in inshore waters, favouring rocky headlands and sandy beaches. Juveniles often

South African Mullet

colonise estuaries, where they are less at risk of predation by larger fish. They can tolerate brackish water, and have been found inland in the Western Cape’s Olifants River. South African mullet usually occur in large shoals, and grow up to 40.5 centimetres in length. They are opportunistic eaters, feeding on ocean detritus as well as planktonic crustaceans. Considered a delicacy by some local communities, they are also widely fished for use as bait.

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