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Family Mullidae

The family Mullidae is widely distributed in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Fishbase currently lists 55 species in 6 genera. The goatfish have a pair of sensory barbels under the chin which are used to detect the invertebrates or small fish on which they feed. Some species have marked color change ability and many have a special night time pattern. A few species exhibit variable coloration. An important food fish in some areas. A few goatfish species react with alarm to the pre-flash on current strobes and several times my photo has conisted of a fleeing fish.

 

Mulloidichthys dentatus Mexican goatfish

Mulloidichthys dentatus, Mexican goatfish, Sea of Cortez

FISH 5196 Mulloidichthys dentatus, Mexican goatfish, Sea of Cortez.

Mulloidichthys flavolineatus Yellowstripe goatfish

Mulloidichthys flavolineatus Yellowstripe goatfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 8001 Mulloidichthys flavolineatus Yellowstripe goatfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Mulloidichthys martinicus Yellow goatfish

Mulloidichthys martinicus Yellow goatfish, Roatan

FISH 0780 Mulloidichthys martinicus Yellow goatfish, Roatan

Mulloidichthys vanicolensis Yellowfin goatfish

Mulloidichthys vanicolensis Yellowfin goatfish, Kadavu, Fiji

Parupeneus barberinoides Bicolor goatfish

Parupeneus barberinoides Bicolor goatfish, Matamanoa, Fiji

Parupeneus barberinoides Bicolor goatfish Puert Galera, Philippines

FISH 7183 Parupeneus barberinoides Bicolor goatfish Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Parupeneus barbarinus Dash-dot goatfish

Parupeneus barbarinus Dash-dot goatfish and Labroides pectoralis breast-spot cleaner wrasse

Parupeneus bifasciatus Double bar goatfish

Parupeneus bifasciatus Double bar goatfish lateral. Matamanoa, Fiji.

Parupeneus bifasciatus Double bar goatfish, Matamanoa, Fiji

Parupeneus ciliatus Cardinal goatfish

Parupeneus ciliatus Cardinal goatfish, Kadavu, Fiji

Parupeneus multifasciatus Manybar goatfish

Parupeneus multifasciatus Manybar goatfish being cleaned by cleaner wrasse, Kadavu, Fiji.

Parupeneus pleurostigma Sidespot goatfish

Parupeneus pleurostigma Sidespot goatfish, Kadavu, Fiji

Pseudupeneus maculatus Spotted goatfish

spotted goatfish

FISH 3180 Pseudupeneus maculatus, Spotted goatfish, Glover's Reef, Belize.

Pseudopeneus maculatus, Spotted goatfish

FISH 3184 Pseudupeneus maculatus, Spotted goatfish, Glover's Reef, Belize.

Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish

Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Raja Ampat West Papua

FISH 1516 Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Raja Ampat West Papua

FISH 8383 Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Raja Ampat

FISH 0281 Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Raja Ampat.

Goatfish at night

Goatfish at night. Dravuni lagoon, Fiji.

 

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