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Japanese pinecone fish

Japanese pinecone fish

Dusky grouper

Dusky grouper

Damselfish

Damselfish

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Black sea cucumber

Black sea cucumber

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

The Cherry Anthias

The Cherry Anthias

Moroccan white seabream

Moroccan white seabream

Two-banded seabream

Two-banded seabream

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Facts

LatinChelon labrosus
Size75 cm
FoodAlgae growing on rocks
HabitatInshore areas close to rocky reefs
IUCN

Least concern

LocationEastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean
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Teeth-lined lips

The thicklip grey mullet gets its name from its swollen top lip. The lip is covered with little wart-like calluses, which it uses to scrape algae off rocks.

Jumpy fish

Mullets are known for leaping out of the water, but nobody knows why they do it. Some scientists think the mullet sucks air into a chamber at the back of its throat to use as an oxygen reserve, if there isn’t enough oxygen in the water.

Stomach serves as a plant grinder

The thicklip mullet eats seaweed growing on the seabed and on rocks. To make it easier to digest the plant material, its muscular stomach helps it grind up the seaweed.


Fish nursery

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