Mulloidichthys vanicolensis

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Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellow stripe from eye to tail base, yellow fins, short yellow bar on cheek, yellow scale margins on back and can change over all body colour to pink. Lacks black blotch on stripe of M. flavolineatus (Yellowstripe Goatfish). Commonly schools in the water column over reef.


Max Size: 38 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-30.8°C

Depth: 1-113m

Habitat Generalization Index: 13.55

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (8.2% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (25 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland