Parupeneus cyclostomus

Yellow-saddle goatfish | Blue Goatfish | Bright Goatfish | Bright-saddled Goatfish | Golden Goatfish | Goldsaddle Goatfish | Yellow Goatfish
Parupeneus cyclostomusParupeneus cyclostomus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parupeneus cyclostomusParupeneus cyclostomus, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parupeneus cyclostomusParupeneus cyclostomus, Willis Islet, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Parupeneus cyclostomusParupeneus cyclostomus, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Parupeneus cyclostomus
Parupeneus cyclostomus
Parupeneus cyclostomus
Parupeneus cyclostomus

Distribution

Tropical Indo-Pacific


Description

Highly variable colour from bluish-purple or white through to bright yellow, with intermediate stages of mixed colours. Non-yellow forms usually with yellow saddle on upper tail base. Elongated snout, often with concave profile and long barbels.


Information

Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.7-31.3°C

Depth: 2-125m

Habitat Generalization Index: 18.95

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: Frequent (14.8% 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 (2 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


Further Information