Bluestriped Goatfish, Upeneichthys lineatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Blue-lined Goatfish, Blue-spotted Goatfish, Blue-striped Red Mullet, Red Mullet
The species looks similar to the Bluespotted Goatfish, which has a slightly longer head and more distinct stripe along the side of the body.
The Bluestriped Goatfish is a shallow water species that occurs in temperate marine waters of eastern Australia.
The Bluestriped Goatfish has a small mouth with fleshy lips. There is a single row of conical teeth in both jaws. It has two fleshy barbels protruding from the chin (as do all the goatfishes). These are used for digging in soft substrates and sensing prey.
The colouration of the species is highly variable from pale, almost white, to deep red with various spots and markings on the head and sides.
Divers see the species in small schools at depths from 5 m to 40 m. It is occasionally trawled in water down to 100 m.
The Bluestriped Goatfish is endemic to Australia. It occurs mostly in sheltered bays and harbours from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.