Tag: Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula)

The Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula) is perhaps the most common member of the Goatfish (Mullidae) family found in local waters.

It has a similar body shape to its relatives with a somewhat flattened, sloping forehead, forked tail and in particular, the pair of "chemosensory barbels" (yellow in colour for this species) tucked below the chin which are characteristic of the Mullidae family.

Attaining a maximum length of around 30cm, Bar-Tailed Goatfish tend to vary from almost white to redish/brown overall, with a dark brown/red stripe along the length of the body and varying degree of dark, mottled spots.

Their most widely used common name derives from the dark markings on both upper and lower lobe of the caudal fin which often give the appearance of "bars".

This species can be found year-round at the shallower inshore reefs where they often spend the day resting on large coral heads or probing the sand for food with their barbels.

The Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula) is perhaps the most common member of the Goatfish (Mullidae) family found in local waters.

It has a similar body shape to its relatives with a somewhat flattened, sloping forehead, forked tail and in particular, the pair of "chemosensory barbels" (yellow in colour for this species) tucked below the chin which are characteristic of the Mullidae family.

Attaining a maximum length of around 30cm, Bar-Tailed Goatfish tend to vary from almost white to redish/brown overall, with a dark brown/red stripe along the length of the body and varying degree of dark, mottled spots.

Their most widely used common name derives from the dark markings on both upper and lower lobe of the caudal fin which often give the appearance of "bars".

This species can be found year-round at the shallower inshore reefs where they often spend the day resting on large coral heads or probing the sand for food with their barbels.

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Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula)

In this photo of a Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula) it is possible to see the groove below the chin in which the "chemosensory barbels" are placed when the fish is not searching for food.

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Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula)

A group of Bar-Tailed Goatfish (Upeneus Tragula) resting on a large coral formation.

This photo clearly shows all of the features which make identifying this species relatively easy. For example: