South African mullet

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Smoked mullet or harder.

South African mullet
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Mugilidae
Genus: Chelon
Species: C. richardsonii
Binomial name
Chelon richardsonii
(Smith, 1846)
Hanging bokkoms - whole, salted and dried mullet. Paternoster, Western Cape.

The South African mullet (Chelon richardsonii), also called a harder mullet or simply harder, is a species of mullet. It is found in South African coastal waters from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to KwaZulu-Natal, and grows to a maximum length of 40.5 cm.[1]

It is also found inland in the waters of the Olifants River (Western Cape).[2]

Local delicacy in South Africa[edit]

Mullet fish caught in the sea and estuaries of the West Coast region are processed by salting and air-drying into bokkoms by small local factories around Velddrif and Laaiplek.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Liza richardsonii" in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  2. ^ The Olifants River harder fishery (Lisa richardsoni)
  3. ^ Harder common name