Upeneus tragula

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Upeneus tragula
Upeneus tragula, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Upeneus tragula
Upeneus tragula, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Upeneus tragula
Upeneus tragula, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Upeneus tragula
Upeneus tragula
Upeneus tragula


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark stripe from snout to tail base, oblique dark bars on upper and lower lobes of tail, brown speckled back and pale silver underside with scattered dark spots, dark blotch on tip of first dorsal and dark blotch and white tip on second dorsal. Distinguished from less common U. australiae (Australian Goatfish) by blotches on dorsal fins and spots on belly. Length to 30 cm.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-31.3°C

Depth: 2-20 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.54

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 (3.3% 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 (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