|Scientific name||Parupeneus spilurus|
|Length||5.9 to 11.8 inches (15 to 30 centimeters)|
|Life span||16.8 years (MLE)|
|Age of maturity||3 to 4 years|
Clean up crew
The goatfish is a long fish that lives near the ocean floor. They inspect areas for excess algae and parasites that they can eat. Our goatfish help keep Stingray Bay clean for our rays.
Color of the season
Courting male and female goatfish swim together approximately two meters off the bottom. The colorful males swim circles around their females to show off their bright yellow fins. After mating, they quickly separate. The males, during this courting season, change from their ordinary red color to a blueish-pink. They also have blue markings on their fins.
School is for the young
Young goatfish live in groups, called schools, on protected sandflats. They spend most of their time using their whisker-like appendages (barbels) to hunt for worms and small crustaceans. The barbels are located under the chin and help the goatfish find and taste their food. Adults are rarely found in schools. Older goatfish often rest along the reefs or in deep coast waters.
Currently, the black-spot goatfish has not been evaluated for conservation.
No effort is too small!