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Lisa fish

The Mugil cephalus, known as llisa, albur or mujil, is a species of perciform fish, highly adapted to variations in salinity and temperature, which inhabits coastal areas and river mouths of practically all waters on the planet.
Very long-lived animal of up to 16 years of age, it can reach 100 cm in length, although it is normal for its size to range between 30 and 60 cm and 1.5 and 8 kg.

With a fusiform body and covered with large scales up to the head, they do not have a lateral line, the caudal fin can be forked, cleft or truncated and the pectoral fins are characterized by occupying a high position.
The head is broad, dorsoventrally compressed and has a rounded snout, its mouth is small and toothless, while the eyes are usually covered with adipose tissue.

Its color is bluish gray and flanks and bellies tend to white, its large scales darken on the dorsal area.
It is an omnivorous species, feeding on algae, crustaceans, nematodes and zooplankton, and adult individuals are also detrivorous, which is why it has an unfair reputation as a "waste cleaner" animal with a bad taste, highlighting that the individuals that inhabit in the open sea or in estuaries and marshes they are characterized by an exquisite meat that derives from a very diverse diet based on algae and marine animals. This species, euralina and eurytherma, is characterized by a high adaptability to different ranges of salinity and temperature, which is why it is present in practically all the seas of the world.
Likes habitual inhabitant of estuaries, marshes, ports and in coastal waters of most temperate, tropical and subtropical regions.
Likes habitual inhabitant of estuaries, marshes, ports and in coastal waters of most temperate, tropical and subtropical regions.
In the Atlantic shallow waters about 40 meters deep, with sandy bottoms and is capable of penetrating estuaries and river mouths, being a westerner, it is found from the Nova Scotia peninsula to Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico, although it is absent in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
In the eastern Atlantic, it lives from the Bay of Biscay to southern Africa, and is also found throughout the Mediterranean Sea and in the Black Sea; the eastern Pacific distribution ranges from southern California to Chile.
Currently and due to the popular ignorance about this species and that identifies this fish as an inhabitant of the ports, a scavenger of marine garbage and with an unpleasant taste, it is not cultivated within the aquaculture sector, nor is there industrialized fishing aimed at catching this fish. .
It is consumed sporadically throughout the Mediterranean, being the Levante area where it is most consumed in Spain, albeit sporadically.
There is also a salted consumption, and its roe is highly appreciated as a substitute for caviar.