Yellow Mullet Mulloidichthys flavolineatus Triglia Gialla
Mulloidichthys flavolineatus (Lacépède, 1801) is a fish belonging to the Mullidae family from the tropical regions of the Indo-Pacific.
Distribution and habitat
It comes from the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. It prefers areas with sandy bottoms, up to about 76 m of depth. It is a common species.
It has a slightly compressed body on the abdomen, which can occasionally reach 43 cm in length even if it usually does not exceed 25. The coloration is quite variable, but on the sides there is a horizontal yellow line that runs through the body, interrupted by an oval black spot. The caudal fin is yellowish and forked.
It can form large desks.
It feeds on smaller fish and aquatic invertebrates such as bivalve molluscs and gastropods, worms, polychaetes (Sabella), sea urchins and crustaceans, especially crayfish.
It is often prey of Gymnothorax flavimarginatus.