Mullus barbatus

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Mullus barbatus
Black sea mullus barbatus ponticus 01.jpg
Mullus barbatus ponticus
Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Mullidae
Genus: Mullus
Species: M. barbatus
Binomial name
Mullus barbatus
Linnaeus, 1758
  • Mullus ruber Lacepède, 1801
Illustration of M. barbatus

Mullus barbatus is a species of goatfish found in the Mediterranean Sea, Marmara Sea, the Black Sea and the eastern North Atlantic Ocean from Scandinavia to Senegal.

Mullus surmuletus and it are commonly called "red mullets". M. barbatus can be distinguished from the former by a first dorsal fin which is not striped.

FishBase currently recognizes two subspecies though the validity of M. b. ponticus is uncertain:[1][2]

  • M. b. barbatus Linnaeus, 1758 (found throughout range)
  • M. b. ponticus Essipov, 1927 (found in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov)



  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). barbatus"Mullus barbatus barbatus" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). ponticus"Mullus barbatus ponticus" in FishBase. December 2013 version.