Goldsaddle goatfish facts for kids
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Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
The goldsaddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus) or the yellowsaddle goatfish, is a species of goatfish native to the Indo-Pacific. It is a commercially important species, as well as being sought out as a game fish, though it has been reported as carrying the ciguatera toxin. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.
This fish is usually colored yellow with a bluish sheen to the dorsal part, but with a golden yellow variant. It can reach 50 cm (20 in) in total length, though most do not exceed 35 cm (14 in).
Habitat and distribution
It occurs solitarily or in groups, in all areas of the coral reefs and detrital bottom area from 1 to 95 m deep. It uses its barbels to probe holes and force out prey.
Several other names have been applied to this species that have been subsequently determined to be junior synonyms:
- Mullus cyclostomus Lacépède, 1801
- Pseudupeneus cyclostomus (Lacépède, 1801)
- Mullus chryserydros Lacépède, 1801
- Parupeneus chryserydros (Lacépède, 1801)
- Mullus radiatus G. Shaw, 1803
- Upeneus immaculatus E. T. Bennett, 1831
- Upeneus luteus Valenciennes, 1831
- Parupeneus luteus (Valenciennes, 1831)
- Upeneus oxycephalus Bleeker, 1856
- Upeneus chryserythrus Günther, 1873
- Parupeneus xanthospilurus Bleeker, 1875
- Mullus microps Bliss, 1883
- Upeneus saffordi Seale, 1901
- Pseudupeneus aurantiacus Seale, 1906
Yellow variant, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea
- Photos of Goldsaddle goatfish on Sealife Collection
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