Upeneichthys vlamingii (Cuvier, 1829)
Bluespotted goatfish
photo by Danna, P.

 Family:  Mullidae (Goatfishes)
 Max. size:  35 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 1 - 100 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia. This species has often been confused with Upeneichthys lineatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) occurring in the eastern coast of Australia (Ref. 33839).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 1-2; Anal soft rays: 6-6. Color extremely variable, dependent on time of day, sex and degree of excitement (Ref. 33839).
 Biology:  Inhabits shallow sandy coastal waters (Ref. 33839); also rocky estuaries (Ref. 9002). Forms schools (Ref. 9002). Good food fish (Ref. 33839).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 19.08.03

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