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Agonostomus monticola USGS.jpg
Juvenile mountain mullet (A. monticola)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Mugiliformes
Family: Mugilidae
Genus: Agonostomus
E. T. Bennett, 1832

Agonostomus is a genus of fish in the family Mugilidae, the mullets.

These are considered to be the most primitive of the mullets. They are generally marine fish, though A. monticola spends its entire adult life in freshwater. It is also the only species native to the Americas; the other two members of the genus occur in the Indian Ocean.[1]


There are currently three recognized species in this genus: [2]


  1. ^ Nirchio, M; Oliveira, C; Ferreira, I. A.; Martins, C; Rossi, A. R.; Sola, L (2009). "Classical and molecular cytogenetic characterization of Agonostomus monticola, a primitive species of Mugilidae (Mugiliformes)" (PDF). Genetica. 135 (1): 1–5. PMID 18330712. doi:10.1007/s10709-008-9256-8. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Agonostomus in FishBase. June 2012 version.