Upeneichthys lineatus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Location: 
North Rock
Depth: 
11m
Upeneichthys lineatus
Upeneichthys lineatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
3m
Common name: Bluestriped Goatfish
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to eastern and southern Australia. Recorded from southern Queensland to Western Australia, and including Tasmania, Lord Howe and Norfolk Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents inshore areas and sheltered bays with sandy or rocky substrates. Depth 5 - 100 m, usually 5 - 40 m.

Additional Notes:

Highly variable in colouration, from red to brown, night colouration sometimes pale red with white blotches. Blue lines from below eye to snout and rows of blue dots from eye to tail above lateral line. Feeds mainly on crustaceans and other organisms detected in the sand with its barbels. Sometimes in small groups, juveniles often in company with other goatfish species. Adult in top photograph, juvenile approximately 100 mm long in lower photograph. Grows to 40 cm.

References:

Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.205.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Upeneichthys+lineatus. Accessed 12/07/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Upeneichthys-lineatus.html. Accessed 12/07/18.