(Image credit: Rick Stuart-Smith, Reef Life Survey)
Reddish brown body with lighter coloured barbels (‘whiskers’). Most individuals have two distinct white lines running horizontally above and below the eye. Some individuals will have a third line below these two. Others may just a lighter section than the rest of the body in this area. A white spot at the rear of the dorsal fin, slightly before the tail is where the common name of this species arises. The scales have a white section, which gives a spotted appearance.
Goatfish are active at night. They may also undergo colour changes, turning completely red with the saddle spot and horizontal facial lines becoming almost invisible.
Length: Up to 35 cm
Seagrass beds and outer reef slopes with sandy substrates; 2-40 m depth
In New South Wales, log if spotted in Port Stephens and south
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/