Parupeneus barberinoides

Half-and-half goatfish | Swarthy-headed Goatfish
Parupeneus barberinoides
Parupeneus barberinoides, WA, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Front half of body dark red-brown with two oblique cream stripes back from mouth passing either side of eye, central white bar followed by yellow rear body with central black spot, and yellow tail. Juveniles swim in mixed schools with other goatfishes and wrasses.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.4-31.1°C

Depth: 1-100m

Habitat Generalization Index: 16.75

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 (7.4% 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: Few (4 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