Parupeneus macronemus

Long-barbel goatfish | Parupeneus macronema
Parupeneus macronemus
Parupeneus macronemus, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parupeneus macronemus
Parupeneus macronemus, Red phase, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Parupeneus macronemus
Parupeneus macronemus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Gray to grayish red dorsally, whitish to pink ventrally with a wide black stripe from behind eye to about midway under the second dorsal fin where it joins a broad white patch extending to the caudal fin. Black spot larger than eye on side of caudal peduncle. Pale area at end of black stripe and dark stripe at base of second dorsal fin distinguish from similar P. barberinus.


Max Size: 40 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.7-32.9°C

Depth: N/A

Habitat Generalization Index: 22.68

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: Common (34.0% 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 (3 per transect)

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