Also known as Band-dot Goatfish, Dot-and-Dash Goatfish, Long-barbeled Goatfish, Long-rayed Goatfish.
Found singly or in small schools foraging for food over sand and weedy bottoms of lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans, invertebrates and worms.
Depth - 3-40m
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/7878