Parupeneus multifasciatus

Banded goatfish | Common Goatfish | Five-barred Goatfish | Manybar Goatfish | Multibarred Goatfish
Parupeneus multifasciatusParupeneus multifasciatus, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Parupeneus multifasciatusParupeneus multifasciatus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parupeneus multifasciatusParupeneus multifasciatus, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Parupeneus multifasciatusParupeneus multifasciatus, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Parupeneus multifasciatusParupeneus multifasciatus, QLD Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Parupeneus multifasciatus
Parupeneus multifasciatus
Parupeneus multifasciatus
Parupeneus multifasciatus
Parupeneus multifasciatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Blue-edged black stripe from snout through eye to rear edge of gill cover (faint in front and dark behind eye), light grey to brownish red body, three faint light, narrow bars mid body, and two distinct large black bars at rear of body with larger white bar between. Juveniles frequently seen over reefs in small schools with wrasses.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20-31.2°C

Depth: 3-161m

Habitat Generalization Index: 29.08

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (35.3% 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