Yellowstripe Goatfish (Mulloidichthys flavolineatus)

Also known as Bait Goatfish, Gold-lined Goatfish, Pallid Goatfish, Samoan Goatfish, Sand Weke, Slender Goldband Goatfish, Square-spot Goatfish, White Weke, Yellow-lined Goatfish, Yellow-striped Goatfish

Description

Also known as Bait Goatfish, Gold-lined Goatfish, Pallid Goatfish, Samoan Goatfish, Sand Weke, Slender Goldband Goatfish, Square-spot Goatfish, White Weke, Yellow-lined Goatfish, Yellow-striped Goatfish.

Found singly or in small schools foraging for food over shallow sand patches and slopes of lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans, invertebrates, molluscs, heart urchins and worms.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 1-75m
Widespread Indo-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/5983

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