Kwajalein Goatfish (Mullidae)

Goatfish are a common component of Marshall Island reefs. Species may be diurnal or nocturnal, and may travel singly or in small to large schools. They all have a pair of tentacles called barbels under the chin, which are used to dig in sand and rubble for their food, usually small fish or benthic invertebrates such as worms or crustaceans. They are sought after for food, but their plethora of small sharp bones makes them something of a chore to eat. Several species are sufficiently rare that we have not been able to get photographs.


Mulloidichthys flavolineatus


Mulloidichthys vanicolensis

Mulloidichthys pfluegeri

Parupeneus barberinoides

Parupeneus barberinus

Parupeneus barberinus

Parupeneus crassilabris

Parupeneus cyclostomus

Parupeneus cyclostomus

Parupeneus heptacanthus

Parupeneus indicus

Parupeneus multifasciatus

Parupeneus pleurostigma

Upeneus taeniopterus

Upeneus vittatus

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