Tag: Cinnabar Goatfish (Parupeneus Heptacanthus)

Occasionally found on the seaward side of inshore reefs, the Cinnabar Goatfish (Parupeneus Heptacanthus) is more frequently spotted in deeper areas below 20m (such as that found around the base of Sail Rock).

It is one of the less distinct and less commonly seen Goatfish in local waters, although this may be in part due to its indistinct colouration and shy nature.

In some areas this species can appear brownish/red in colour however locally, they tend to be a light grey/silver colour, becoming yellowish around the tail.

They also have lines of iridescent blue spots running along the body with similar, more solid lines around the face area.

The distinguishing feature of this species is the small, dark redish/brown spot around the lateral line, below the first dorsal fin.

Although apparently reaching maximum lengths of approximately 35cm, specimens between 10-20cm are more common in the area.

Occasionally found on the seaward side of inshore reefs, the Cinnabar Goatfish (Parupeneus Heptacanthus) is more frequently spotted in deeper areas below 20m (such as that found around the base of Sail Rock).

It is one of the less distinct and less commonly seen Goatfish in local waters, although this may be in part due to its indistinct colouration and shy nature.

In some areas this species can appear brownish/red in colour however locally, they tend to be a light grey/silver colour, becoming yellowish around the tail.

They also have lines of iridescent blue spots running along the body with similar, more solid lines around the face area.

The distinguishing feature of this species is the small, dark redish/brown spot around the lateral line, below the first dorsal fin.

Although apparently reaching maximum lengths of approximately 35cm, specimens between 10-20cm are more common in the area.

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Cinnabar Goatfish (Parupeneus Heptacanthus)

A pair of Cinnabar Goatfish (Parupeneus Heptacanthus) searching for food in the gravel at a depth of around 25m at Sail Rock.