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| Common names: flagtail (English), dara (Espanol), cola (Espanol) |
Kuhlia mugil (Forster in Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Barred flagtail, Five-bar flagtail
Body an elongate oval, compressed; upper head profile straight, lower profile convex; eye large; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; preopercle serrated; opercle with 2 flat spines; jaws with fine teeth in bands; teeth on center and sides of roof of mouth; one, deeply notched, dorsal fin, X, 9-11; anal fin III, 9-11; tail fin moderately forked; scales rough, a well-developed scaly sheath at the base of the dorsal and anal fins.
Overall silvery; tail fin with wide black & white stripes.
Size: reaches 50 cm.
Habitat: usually seen in large aggregations in rocky areas affected by surge; the young inhabit tide pools; enters freshwater mouths of creeks.
Depth: 0-26 m, typically near the surface.
Wide ranging in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the eastern Pacific; in the TEP on the tip of Baja and Costa Rica to Colombia; all the oceanic islands.