blackspot goatfish

Scientific name Parupeneus spilurus
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1854
IUCN category LC
Family Mullidae
Genus Parupeneus
Parupeneus spilurus Parupeneus spilurus


Parupeneus spilurus, commonly known as blackspot goatfish, is a brackish water and salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the blackspot goatfish ?

The blackspot goatfish measures between 40 and 50 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, noir, marron, rose and blanc body. The also has blanc horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The blackspot goatfish is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although the blackspot goatfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The blackspot goatfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    10 - 80 m

Biotope presentation

The blackspot goatfish is most often found at a depth between 10m and 80m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Sexual dichromatism and dimorphism in the goatfish Parupeneus spilurus (Perciformes: Mullidae) in southern Japan - T. Matsubara - R. Goto - T. Hayakawa - Y. Iwatsuki - H. Motomura - Springer link - 2019.

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