Upeneus tragula

Scientific name Upeneus tragula
Descriptor Richardson
Year of description 1846
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Mullidae
Genus Upeneus
Upeneus tragula Upeneus tragula


Upeneus tragula is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
    rayure horizontale
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
    rayure horizontale

How to recognize Upeneus tragula ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

Upeneus tragula measures between 20 and 30 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, noir, blanc and beige body. The also has rouge rayure horizontale.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Upeneus tragula is a fish living in shoals naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although Upeneus tragula is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


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

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 42 m

Biotope presentation

Upeneus tragula is most often found at a depth between 0m and 42m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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