Chelon labrosus, (Chelon labrosus Risso, 1827), commonly known as Thicklip grey mullet, is a fish of the Mugilidae family. Chelon labrosus Muggine Mazzone Thicklip grey mullet intotheblue.it
The peculiarity of this species of Mugilidae is that it is the species that reaches the greatest dimensions among all the mullet. Thicklip grey mullet in fact can reach 12 kg in weight and over 1 meter in length. Habits and habitat are similar to those of other Mugilidae, although when they reach a considerable size they often live in flocks of a few individuals.
Thicklip grey mullet (Chelon labrosus Risso, 1827), commonly known as the bosega mullet, is a fish of the Mugilidae family.
Distribution and habitat
This is one of the species of mullet that goes further north, in fact it reaches the Norwegian and Scottish coasts while to the south it stops at the Azores islands.
It lives above all in the sea (it is the most common Mugilidae species in marine waters) but, above all the small specimens, do not fear low salinity or even sweet waters. Adults live in small schools near rocky or sandy coasts, especially where there are artifacts and mouths of water courses. Young people are grouped in much larger banks.
Its appearance is the classic one of the Mugilidae, with a slender and fusiform body with an almost circular section and thus its silver livery with numerous dark longitudinal lines. However, it is well recognized by the other species especially for the mouth that has a robust and fleshy upper lip without central indentation but with some series of tubercles well detectable both to the touch and with a simple magnifying glass. Furthermore, the pectoral fins are often opaque gray.
It occurs at sea in ways similar to those of the common mullet.
Based on small invertebrates and organic debris such as that of the common mullet.
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