Kuhlia mugil

Fivebar Flagtail | Barred Flagtail | Flagtail | Ocean Flagfish | Kuhlia taeniura
Kuhlia mugil
Kuhlia mugil, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Kuhlia mugil
Kuhlia mugil, Niue, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Kuhlia mugil
Kuhlia mugil, Niue, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Kuhlia mugil
Kuhlia mugil
Kuhlia mugil

Same Genus


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Reflective silver side, tail lobes with alternating black and white stripes. Forages in schools just below the sea surface in shallow coastal waters and estuaries. Length to 32 cm.


Max Size: 40 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.8-29.4°C

Depth: 3-18m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Rare (1.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (14 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields