Ellochelon vaigiensis, NSMT-P 64942, 16.1 cm SL

Ellochelon vaigiensis (Quoy and Gaimard, 1825)
Squaretail mullet

D IV - 7 - 9; A III, 8; P1 15 - 18; LR 25 - 29. Body moderately robust, compressed posteriorly; body not distinctly deep, its depth at usually 20 - 27% of standard length. Head wider than deep, flattened dorsally; adipose eyelid poorly developed; hind tip of maxilla exposed when mouth closed. Second dorsal and anal fins pointed but not falcate; caudal fin truncate. Scales ctenoid. Color: head and body silvery, darkened dorsally; five or six indistinct, dusky longitudinal stripes on body; pectoral fin entirely black; anal and caudal fins yellowish. Size: 60 cm SL, commonly to 35 cm TL. Distribution: Indo-Pacific. Remarks: found in shallow coastal waters, and enters estuaries. Feeds detritus, small algae, diatoms, and various benthic organisms. Marketed flesh and salted dried.