Fish ID: Blackspot Goatfish

Goatfish blackspot goatfish breeding colours nsw hp
Family Goatfish (MULLIDAE)
species Parupeneus signatus
size Up to 40cm
locality Almost always seen on sandy or grit substrate
behaviour Using barbels to probe for invertebrates
range Sub-tropical indo-pacific

Most easily identifiable as a goatfish by its behaviour of continuously probing the substrate with barbels (like downward pointing whiskers) usually working in small groups. The black spot variant is silvery with brown stripes, and a black spot at the end of the body on top.