Animal Species:Australian Goatfish, Upeneus australiae (Kim & Nakaya, 2002)

The Australian Goatfish occurs in Australia and New Caledonia in shallow inshore waters often on sandy substrates. The holotype (AMS I.34384-012) and several of the paratypes (AMS I.24350-001, AMS I.34384-004, AMS I.34396-001, AMS I.34398-062) are lodged in the Australian Museum Fish Collection.

Australian Goatfish near the Minnamurra River mouth

Sascha Schulz © Sascha Schulz

Standard Common Name

Australian Goatfish

Identification

The Australian Goatfish has five and six oblique black bars on the upper and lower caudal fin lobes respectively and seven first dorsal fin spines. Dorsally It is light brownish with white reticulations. The lower sides are white. There is a yellowish-brown stripe along the sides of the body.

Size range

It grows to about 9 cm in standard length.

Distribution

The species occurs in Australia and New Caledonia. In Australia, it is currently known from few locations off north-western Western Australia, Queensland and the Sydney-Wollongong region of New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Upeneus australiae

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Australian Goatfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It is a benthic species that occurs in shallow (<15 m) inshore waters often on sandy substrates.

Classification

Species:
australiae
Genus:
Upeneus
Family:
Mullidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

Further Reading

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Kim B.-J. & K. Nakaya, K. 2002. Upeneus australiae, a new goatfish (Mullidae: Perciformes) from Australia. Ichthyological. Research. 49: 128-132.
  3. Randall, J.E & M. Kulbicki. 2006. A Review of the Goatfishes of the Genus Upeneus (Perciformes: Mullidae) from New Caledonia and the Chesterfield Bank, with a New Species and Four New Records. Zoological Studies. 45(3): 298-307.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fish, ichthyology, Australian Goatfish, Upeneus australiae, light brown dorsal, < 10 cm, New Caledonia, New South Wales,

2 comments

Mark McGrouther - 11.06 AM, 17 June 2009
Great photo Sascha. Thank you.
Sascha Schulz - 10.06 AM, 17 June 2009
Minnamurra River, March 2009. Depth 3m.

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