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The flathead or “striped” mullet is a common fish in subtropical and warm temperate coastal areas throughout the world. It is found in inshore marine and estuarine water, as well as in rivers near the sea. This mullet forms large schools over sandy or muddy bottoms and also can be seen swimming over reefs in clear water.
Young flathead mullet are an important prey for many larger fish, birds and marine mammals. Mullet are an important commercial species worldwide and the flathead mullet is raised in freshwater ponds in Southeast Asia.
Look for the flathead mullet in the habitats in the Georgia Explorer gallery. They can also been seen in the Ocean Voyager galley.