Goldstripe Goatfish Click to enlarge image
A Goldstripe Goatfish at a depth of 14m, "Temple of Doom", Ribbon Reefs, Queensland, December 2000. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    vanicolensis
    Genus
    Mulloidichthys
    Family
    Mullidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 38 cm in length.

Introduction

The Goldstripe Goatfish can be recognised by the barbels on its chin and colouration. It is found widely in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

Identification

The Goldstripe Goatfish can be recognised by the barbels on its chin and colouration. It is white to pale pink with a blue-margined yellow stripe from the eye to the caudal peduncle. All the median fins and pelvic fins are yellow.

Distribution

The Goldstripe Goatfish is found widely in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from most tropical waters and down the east coast to central 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.



Feeding and diet

The species usually feeds solitary at night.

Other behaviours and adaptations

It is usually seen in aggregations during the day.

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. 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.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.