Agonostomus is a genus of fish in the family Mugilidae, the mullets.

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Agonostomus telfairii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Mugiliformes
Family: Mugilidae
Genus: Agonostomus
E. T. Bennett, 1832
Type species
Agonostomus telfairii
Bennett 1832

These are considered to be the most primitive of the mullets. They are generally marine fish, though they spend much of their adult lives in freshwater. The two members of the genus occur in the Indian Ocean.[1]


There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[2]


  1. ^ Nirchio, M; Oliveira, C; Ferreira, I. A.; Martins, C; Rossi, A. R.; Sola, L (2009). "Classical and molecular cytogenetic characterization of Agonostomus monticola, a primitive species of Mugilidae (Mugiliformes)" (PDF). Genetica. 135 (1): 1–5. doi:10.1007/s10709-008-9256-8. PMID 18330712. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). Species of Agonostomus in FishBase. June 2018 version.