Southern Stargazer

Striped Mullet
Scientific Name: Astroscopus y-graecum
Common Name: Stargazer
Description: Adults may reach 22 inches in length, but are more common at lengths of 8-18 inches. They have a brown body covered with white spots that gradually increase in size towards the rear. White spots are widely spaced on the top of head and body. There are three dark, horizontal stripes on the tail. The Stargazer is able to create electrical currents from a special organ located in a pouch behind the eyes. The rate of electric discharge depends upon the temperature, with a maximum of 50 volts. It is used primarily to fend off aggressive, threatening fish rather than for prey.

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