Animal Species:Goldsaddle Goatfish, Parupeneus cyclostomus (Lacépède, 1801)
The Goldsaddle Goatfish occurs on coral reefs and inshore waters of tropical and some temperate marine waters. The species has two colour varieties.
Standard Common Name
Bright Goatfish, Bright-saddled Goatfish, Red Mullet, Surmullet, Yellow Goatfish, Yellow-saddle Goatfish
The Goldsaddle Goatfish has two colour varieties. One is purplish-pink or grey with blue markings on the scales and a yellow saddle on the caudal peduncle. The second is entirely yellow.
The species grows to about 50 cm in length.
It occurs in the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from central to north-western Western Australia and from northern Queensland to central New South Wales.
Distribution by collection data
It occurs primarily over sandy substrates on coral reefs and inshore waters.
Feeding and Diet
Fishes comprise up to 70% of the food intake of the Goldsaddle Goatfish. This is unusually high compared with the diets of other goatfishes.
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- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology