Also known as Dash-and-dot Goatfish, Dot-and-dash Goatfish, Dot-dash Goatfish, Half-and-half Goatfish, Spotted Golden Goatfish.
Found singly or in small schools foraging for food over rubble and large sand patches of reef flats, lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans, invertebrates and worms.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 1-100m
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.in/summary/5987