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Updated 12/27/2013

Family Mullidae

Goatfishes

Goatfishes are characterized by a streamlined body with two dorsal fins, a forked tail, slightly inferior mouth suited for bottom-feeding, and a pair of chin whiskers called barbels.  These barbels are used to actively probe, excavate, and detect hidden invertebrates and small fish.  They tend to occur in small groups or aggregations for safety and move quickly when disturbed.  Most species are capable of changing color rapidly and often assume a mottled or barred pattern at night.  Goatfishes are commercially important because their flesh tastes like shrimp and red fish are a symbol of good luck to Asian cultures.

 

HAWAII

Mulloidichthys flavolineatus

YELLOWSTRIPE GOATFISH

 

Mulloidichthys vanicolensis

YELLOWFIN GOATFISH

 

Upeneus arge

BANDTAIL GOATFISH

 

Mulloidichthys pfluegeri

PFLUEGER'S or ORANGE GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus multifasciatus

MANYBAR GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus insularis

DOUBLEBAR GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus pleurostigma

SIDESPOT GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus cyclostomus

BLUE GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus porphyreus

WHITESADDLE GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus chrysonemus 

YELLOWBARBEL GOATFISH

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Parupeneus barberinoides

BICOLOR GOATFISH

 

Parupeneus crassilabris

THICKLIPPED GOATFISH

 
Upeneus tragula

FRECKLED GOATFISH

 


JAPAN

Upeneus japonicus

JAPANESE GOATFISH   Himeji

 


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Mulloidichthys dentatus

MEXICAN GOATFISH

 


WESTERN ATLANTIC

Pseudupeneus maculatus

SPOTTED GOATFISH

 

Mulloidichthys martinicus

YELLOW GOATFISH