Bartail Goatfish, Upeneus tragula Richardson 1846


Other Names: Bar-tail Goatfish, Bartailed Goatfish, Bar-tailed Goatfish, Freckled Goatfish, Mottled Goat-fish, Spotted Goatfish

A Bartail Goatfish, Upeneus tragula, at Shelly Beach, Manly, New South Wales. Source: Richard Ling / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A whitish or tan coloured goatfish with yellow chin barbels, a dark yellowish to brown stripe from the snout to the upper part of the caudal-fin base (stripe sometimes interrupted by brown blotches), a large dark spot on the tips of both dorsal fins, and dark bars on the caudal and pelvic fins. Individual fish may be mottled with brown to reddish blotches and spots, especially at night.

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Dianne J. Bray, 2011, Bartail Goatfish, Upeneus tragula, in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Jun 2016, http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1197

Bartail Goatfish, Upeneus tragula Richardson 1846

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Distribution

Fremantle, Western Australia, around the tropical north to the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria and Flinders Island, Tasmania; also Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits sandy-rubble areas, often near reefs.

Species Citation

Upeneus tragula Richardson 1846, Rep. 12th Mtg Brit. Assoc. Adv. Sci. 1845: 220. Type locality: Canton, China.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Bartail Goatfish, Upeneus tragula Richardson 1846

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37355014

Depth:1-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy/rubble areas

Max Size:30 cm TL

Species Maps

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