Mullet Fishing: Species ID

Mullet Fishing: Species ID

 

The following photos show some of the key features that can help to differentiate between the three UK mullet species.

The following photos show some of the key features that can help to differentiate between the three UK mullet species.


 

  • Overall appearance; a good deal of variation, particularly in thicklips
  • Overall appearance; a good deal of variation, particularly in thicklips
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    Thicklip:

    Thicklip:

     
     

    Thinlip:

    Thinlip:

     

    Golden-Grey:

    Golden-Grey:

    - noticeably slimy, especially when out of the water for a while. Possibly less prone to shedding scales than the other two species

     
     

    Thicklip:

    Thicklip:

     
     

    Thinlip:

    Thinlip:

    - there is often the suggestion of a black spot at the base of the pectoral, which is sometimes still visible when seen swimming, also orange/gold colouration in the eye (see below)

    Golden-Grey:

    Golden-Grey:

    - usually quite slender, particularly the neck of the tail. There is usually, but not always, a gold mark on the gill cover, but this can also be present in thicklips. The pectoral fin is usually quite long and 'scimitar-like', but again, not always.

     

     

  • Head, lip, mouth, eye and pectoral:
  • Head, lip, mouth, eye and pectoral:
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    Thicklip:

    Thicklip:

    Thinlip:

    Thinlip:

    - gold colour in the eyes

    Golden-Grey:

    Golden-Grey:

     
     

    - pectoral fins tend to look stubby when seen swimming

     
     

    - note the papillae on the top lip, absent in the other two species, but usually present in thicklips

     
     

     

  • Jugular space, between gill covers:
  • Jugular space, between gill covers:
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    Thicklip:

    Thicklip:

    - papillae clearly visible

    Thinlip:

    Thinlip:

    Golden-Grey:

    Golden-Grey:

     

     

    Last updated 13.02.21