Parupeneus williamsi Shibuya & Motomura, 2020
Williams’s Goatfish
photo by Williams, J.T.

Family:  Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Max. size:  23.43 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 30 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: French Polynesia, endemic to Marquesas Is.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal soft rays: 7-7. This species is distinguishec by the following characters: barbels are white to yellowish distally, with the tips usually extending beyond posterior margin of preopercle; upper jaw somewhat slender and shorter in specimens that are greater than 5.0 cm SL (upper-jaw length times maxillary depth 60.5-96.9%, mean 74.4% of SL]; second anal-fn soft ray is long, its length 47.2-55.2% (51.3%) of caudal-fn length; 2-3 very indistinct blackish vertical bands on trunk, the frst located under frst dorsal fin (most indistinct, sometimes absent), the second below inter-dorsal-fin space and the third below anterior part of second dorsal fin; a very indistinct blackish saddle on upper caudal peduncle; dense melanophores uniformly distributed on the anal-fin membranes in most preserved specimens (Ref. 123210).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 09.11.20
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.01.21

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