Island Goatfish (Parupeneus insularis)

Also known as Doublebar Goatfish, Joe Louis, Two-barred Goatfish, Twosaddle Goatfish

Description

Also known as Doublebar Goatfish, Joe Louis, Two-barred Goatfish, Twosaddle Goatfish.

Found singly, pairs or in small schools sometimes mixed with other fish, foraging for food over rocky bottoms, sand and seagrass beds of silty coral reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, fish and worms.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 1-80m
Widespread Eastern Central 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/Parupeneus-insularis.html

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