The striped or flathead grey mullet is a mainly diurnal coastal species that often enters estuaries and rivers. It usually schools over sand or mud bottoms, feeding on zooplankton. The adult fish normally feed on algae in fresh water. The species is euryhaline meaning that the fish can acclimate to different levels of salinity. The back of the fish is olive-green, sides are silvery and shade to white towards the belly. The fish may have distinctive lateral horizontal stripes (6-7). Lips are thin. The mullet has no lateral line. A common length is a bout 20 inches, and maximum length 40 inches. Maximum weight of 17 pounds has been mentioned.