Cinnabar Goatfish (Parupeneus heptacanthus)

Also known as Bighead Goatfish, Blackspot Goatfish, Opalescent Goatfish, Redspot Goatfish, Smallspot Goatfish, Spotted Golden Goatfish

Description

Also known as Bighead Goatfish, Blackspot Goatfish, Opalescent Goatfish, Redspot Goatfish, Smallspot Goatfish, Spotted Golden Goatfish.

Found singly or in small schools foraging for food over mud, rubble, sand and seagrass beds of lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small fish and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 3-350m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Goatfish have two barbels extending form the chin, these 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.
Some Goatfish can rapidly change colour and spots that were there magically disappear! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5991

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