- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
Fantail mullet (Mugil)
The fantail mullet is distinguished from the rest of the mullet family by a dark blotch at the base of the pectoral fin and the flared nature of their tail and fins. Additionally, the fantail mullet has an olive green back with blue tints towards the rear. The colors fade to silver on its side. The fins and tail are yellowish in color. The body is torpedo-shaped with two dorsal fins, one located over the anal fin. The fantail mullet is smaller than the rest of its family, generally weighing in at under a pound.
As scavenger fish, fantail mullet feed on whatever is available, mainly algae, detritus, and small crustaceans. They are primarily bottom-feeders, rooting for food in the sand or mud and straining unwanted materials with their teeth.
Found in almost any tropical sea worldwide, the fantail mullet is abundant in Florida and can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coasts of Central America, and Bermuda.
Mullet prefer brackish water but can be found far inside estuaries, especially juvenile mullet. They are an inshore fish and can be found at a variety of depths. Juveniles occur offshore.
- Fantail mullet are often seen leaping in and out of the water as they cruise shallow bays and lagoons.