Upeneichthys lineatus

Blue-lined goatfish
Upeneichthys lineatusUpeneichthys lineatus, Northland, New Zealand, Photo: Ian Shaw
Upeneichthys lineatusUpeneichthys lineatus, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Ian Shaw
Upeneichthys lineatusUpeneichthys lineatus, juvenile, Sydney, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Upeneichthys lineatusUpeneichthys lineatus, Sydney, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Upeneichthys lineatusUpeneichthys lineatus, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus


Temperate Australasia


Relatively large with blue spots forming lines along the sides of the body. Groups of several animals are usually found together, sometimes following in the wake of larger fishes that disturb the sediment.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.7-24.6°C

Depth: 3-100 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 30.46

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 (21.0% 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.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney

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