Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)

striped mullet

The striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) is known for its unique habit of jumping up to three feet out of water.


The striped mullet is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) and is often found near oyster reefs. As a juvenile, the striped mullet feeds mainly on tiny aquatic animals called zooplankton. As an adult, it feeds mainly on algae and decaying plant matter found in bottom sediments. The striped mullet is eaten by various species including pelicans, spotted seatrout, and dolphins. The striped mullet is harvested commercially and recreationally in South Carolina.