Lips very large and fleshy, the margins ciliated; teeth penetrating into their substance like so many hairs: maxillary curved, showing itself behind the commissure.
M. Chelo, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 232. Thick-lipped Gray Mullet, Yarr. Brit. Fish. vol. i. p. 207.
Ten inches. Couch. Probably attains a larger size. Descript. (Form). "Head wide, depressed: eyes (in a specimen ten inches long) one inch apart, and three-eighths of an inch from the angle of the mouth, not connected with any membrane: nostrils close together, and while the fish is alive, moveable on each contraction of the mouth: a prominent superior maxillary bone, minutely notched at its lower or posterior edge: upper lip protuberant and fleshy, with a thin margin minutely notched or ciliated; the lip appears behind as projecting under the maxillary: carina of the under jaw prominent and square; edge of the lower lip fine and simple: body solid, round over the back: pectoral fins high on the side, pointed, rounded below, the first rays short: the first dorsal fin five inches and three-eighths from the snout, the origin of the first three rays approximate, the first ray the longest: the first two rays of the anal fin short: tail broad, concave: scales large." (Colours). " Head and back greenish; all besides silvery, with six or seven parallel lines along the sides of the same colour as the back." Couch, as quoted by Yarr.
* Dr. Hancock appears to have been the first of our own naturalists to remark that the Gray Mullet of the British coasts was not the true Mitqil Cephalus. He named it M. Britannicus. See Lond. Quart. Journ. of Sci. 1830. p. 129, etc.
This species would seem, from Mr. Couch's MSS. communicated to Mr. Yarrell, to be not uncommon on the coast of Cornwall. Said to be " gregarious, frequenting harbours and the mouths of rivers in the winter months in large numbers." It does not appear, hitherto, to have been observed by any other of our own naturalists.