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Goldsaddle goatfish

Parupeneus cyclostomus

(Image credit: Erik Schlögl)

There are two colour forms of this goatfish. One grey and one bright yellow. Both forms have a bright yellow marking at the rear of the dorsal fin. In the yellow form this is harder to distinguish. Barbels are a lighter version of the body colour. In larger fish, thin blue lines are apparent surrounding the eye.

Juveniles are known to form schools that actively hunt rocky areas together. Adults are usually solitary.

Length: Up to 50 cm


Sandy, rocky inshore areas of lagoons and reef flats; 8-100 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log if spotted in Port Stephens and south

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Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

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