Fish ID: Blue lined Goatfish

Goatfish blue lined goatfish juv nsw hp
Family Goatfish (MULLIDAE)
species Upeneichthys lineatus
size Up to 30cm
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. This variant is recognisable by the fine blue lines on face, and lines of blue dots along the body.