Fast Facts: Black-Spot Goatfish

  • Also known by other names, such as Blacksaddle Goatfish
  • A species of Goatfish and an inhabitant of coral reefs, it can be found at depths from 10 to 80 meters.
  • This species can reach a length of 50 centimetres.
  • They have two barbels extending from the chin, which are used to probe the sand for food such as worms, brittle stars, crustaceans and small fish.
  • They often have other fish in tow which hoover up any creatures left behind.
  • Can be recognised by its colouration and pattern. It has two dark stripes along the sides of the body, and a large black spot on the upper caudal peduncle.
  • Juveniles are slenderer than adults. They have the same striped pattern but are more strongly tinged with yellow.
  • Found singly, or in small schools foraging for food over rock and sandy bottoms of estuaries and coastal reefs, often where there is a strong current present.
  • Named as such, due to its goat-like appearance.

References: australian.museum; personal experience; whatsthatfish.com & wikipedia.org.

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