Opalescent Goatfish, Bighead Goatfish, Cinnebar Goatfish, Red Mullet, Redspot Goatfish, Small-spot Goatfish, Spotted Golden Goatfish
Parupeneus heptacanthus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parupeneus heptacanthus, Night Phase. QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Parupeneus heptacanthus, Adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Deep body profile with steep head, rows of blue spots on side, small square dark spot one third distance along side of body under 1st dorsal fin (which can be switched on or off).
Max Size: 36 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.3-31.5°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Seagrass, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (1% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland