Barred flagtail
  • Kuhlia mugil
  • English Name : Barred flagtail
  • Local Name : Kattafulhi
  • Size : Max. 20 cm
  • Family : KUHLIIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 9-11 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9-11 rays. Pectoral fin rays 14. Gill rakers on lower limb 23-26. Lateral line scales 48 to 56. Body depth 2.7-3.1 in standard length. Oval, somewhat compressed body. Cheeks and operculum scaly. Lower edge of preopercle finely serrated. Operculum with two spines. Caudal fin forked.
  • Colour: Overall silvery. Caudal fin with 5 black bands.
  • Habitat and Biology: Found schooling near reefs affected by surge. Juveniles sometimes in estuaries.
  • Feeds on planktonic crustaceans and small fish. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Kuhila mugil is not at all shy of humans. It is a nocturnal predator, but during daytime it schools in shallow lagoons, often around jetties.