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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Mulliformes
Family: Mullidae Goatfishes

Genus: Upeneus

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Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Upeneus asymmetricus Lachner, 1954

Photo by Photo by White, W.T.
 
Upeneus asymmetricus
[Asymmetrical goatfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Upeneus australiae Kim & Nakaya, 2002

Photo by Photo by Schulz, S.
 
Upeneus australiae
[Australian goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 12.5 cm SL
Upeneus caudofasciatus Uiblein & Gledhill, 2019

Photo by Photo by Gledhill, D.
 
Upeneus caudofasciatus
[Tailbar goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 24 cm SL
Upeneus davidaromi Golani, 2001

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus davidaromi
[Darom's goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 13.4 cm SL
Upeneus dimipavlov Uiblein & Motomura, 2021

Photo by Photo by Pavlov, D.A.
 
Upeneus dimipavlov
[Pavlov’s goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Upeneus doriae (Günther, 1869)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus doriae
[Gilded goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 8.9 cm SL
Upeneus elongatus Uiblein & Motomura, 2021

Photo by Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Upeneus elongatus
[Elongate goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 14.1 cm SL
Upeneus farnis Uiblein & Peristiwady, 2017

Photo by Photo by Peristiwady, T.
 
Upeneus farnis
[Farnis’ goatfish]



Western Central Pacific.

Upeneus filifer (Ogilby, 1910)

Photo by Photo by Graham, K.
 
Upeneus filifer
[Pennant goatfish]



Southwest Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14.4 cm SL
Upeneus floros Uiblein & Gouws, 2020

Photo by Photo by Uiblein et al., 2020
 
Upeneus floros
[Floros goatfish]



Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 7.2 cm SL
Upeneus francisi Randall & Guézé, 1992

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus francisi
[Francis' goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 8.7 cm SL
Upeneus gubal Uiblein, 2019

Photo by Photo by Uiblein, F.
 
Upeneus gubal
[Gubal goatfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Upeneus guttatus (Day, 1868)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus guttatus
[Two-tone goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Upeneus heemstra Uiblein & Gouws, 2014

Photo by Photo by Heemstra, P.C.
 
Upeneus heemstra
[Heemstra goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Upeneus heterospinus Uiblein & Pavlov, 2019

Photo by Photo by Pavlov, D.A.
 
Upeneus heterospinus
[Varied-spine goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Upeneus indicus Uiblein & Heemstra, 2010

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus indicus
[Tall-fin goatfish]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 12.3 cm SL
Upeneus itoui Yamashita, Golani & Motomura, 2011

Photo by Photo by Yamashita, Golani & Motomura, 2011
 
Upeneus itoui
[Oriental Goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 16.2 cm SL
Upeneus japonicus (Houttuyn, 1782)

Photo by Photo by Uiblein & Gledhill, 2014
 
Upeneus japonicus
[Japanese goatfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.4 cm SL
Upeneus lombok Uiblein & White, 2015

Photo by Photo by White, W.T.
 
Upeneus lombok
[Lombok goatfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 20 cm TL

 
Upeneus luzonius
[Dark-barred goatfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 11 cm SL
Upeneus margarethae Uiblein & Heemstra, 2010

Photo by Photo by Koch, R.J.
 
Upeneus margarethae
[Margaretha's goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Upeneus mascareinsis Fourmanoir & Guézé, 1967

Photo by Photo by Heemstra, P.C.
 
Upeneus mascareinsis
[Mascarene goatfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 22.5 cm TL
Upeneus moluccensis (Bleeker, 1855)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus moluccensis
[Goldband goatfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 9.5 cm SL
Upeneus mouthami Randall & Kulbicki, 2006

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus mouthami
[Moutham's goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 11 cm SL
Upeneus niebuhri Guézé, 1976

Photo by Photo by Bogorodsky, S.V.
 
Upeneus niebuhri
[Niebuhr’s goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 27 cm SL
Upeneus nigromarginatus Bos, 2014

Photo by Photo by Bos, A.R.
 
Upeneus nigromarginatus
[Black-margined goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17 cm SL
Upeneus oligospilus Lachner, 1954

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Upeneus oligospilus
[Short-fin goatfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Upeneus parvus Poey, 1852

Photo by Photo by Cox, C.D.
 
Upeneus parvus
[Dwarf goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Upeneus pori Ben-Tuvia & Golani, 1989

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus pori
[Por's goatfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm SL
Upeneus quadrilineatus Cheng & Wang, 1963

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus quadrilineatus
[Four-stripe goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10.1 cm SL
Upeneus randalli Uiblein & Heemstra, 2011

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus randalli
[]



Western Indian Ocean, Moz
Max. Length 10.2 cm SL
Upeneus saiab Uiblein & Lisher, 2013

Photo by Photo by Uiblein, F. & W.T. White
 
Upeneus saiab
[SAIAB goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 11.7 cm SL
Upeneus seychellensis Uiblein & Heemstra, 2011

Photo by Photo by Alvheim, O.
 
Upeneus seychellensis
[Tailstripe goatfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean to W
Max. Length 10.3 cm SL
Upeneus spottocaudalis Uiblein & Gledhill, 2017

Photo by Photo by Uiblein, F.
 
Upeneus spottocaudalis
[Tailspot goatfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 13.1 cm SL
Upeneus stenopsis Uiblein & McGrouther, 2012

Photo by Photo by Hoese, D.F.
 
Upeneus stenopsis
[Narrow-tail goatfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13.5 cm SL
Upeneus suahelicus Uiblein & Heemstra, 2010

Photo by Photo by Heemstra, P.C.
 
Upeneus suahelicus
[Swahili goatfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 24.1 cm SL
Upeneus subvittatus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1843)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus subvittatus
[Deep-water goatfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Upeneus sulphureus Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Upeneus sulphureus
[Sulphur goatfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Upeneus sundaicus (Bleeker, 1855)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus sundaicus
[Ochrebanded goatfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Upeneus supravittatus Uiblein & Heemstra, 2010

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus supravittatus
[Long-fin goatfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 33 cm TL
Upeneus taeniopterus Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus taeniopterus
[Finstripe goatfish]



Eastern Indian to West Pa
Max. Length 10 cm SL
Upeneus torres Uiblein & Gledhill, 2014

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Upeneus torres
[Torres goatfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean to W
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Upeneus tragula Richardson, 1846

Photo by Photo by Bailly, N.
 
Upeneus tragula
[Freckled goatfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm SL
Upeneus vanuatu Uiblein & Causse, 2013

Photo by Photo by Uiblein & Causse, 2013
 
Upeneus vanuatu
[Vanuatu goatfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 28 cm TL
Upeneus vittatus (Forsskål, 1775)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Upeneus vittatus
[Yellowstriped goatfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.2 cm SL
Upeneus willwhite Uiblein & Motomura, 2021

Photo by Photo by White, W.T.
 
Upeneus willwhite
[White’s goatfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Upeneus asymmetricus Asymmetrical goatfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1954
Upeneus australiae Australian goatfish Eastern Indian Ocean and 16 SL 2002
Upeneus caudofasciatus Tailbar goatfish Western Pacific 12.5 SL 2019
Upeneus davidaromi Darom's goatfish Western Indian Ocean 24 SL 2001
Upeneus dimipavlov Pavlov’s goatfish Western Pacific 13.4 SL 2021
Upeneus doriae Gilded goatfish Western Indian Ocean 20 TL 1869
Upeneus elongatus Elongate goatfish Western Pacific 8.9 SL 2021
Upeneus farnis Farnis’ goatfish Western Pacific 14.1 SL 2017
Upeneus filifer Pennant goatfish Western Central Pacific. 1910
Upeneus floros Floros goatfish Southwest Indian Ocean 14.4 SL 2020
Upeneus francisi Francis' goatfish Southwest Pacific 7.2 SL 1992
Upeneus gubal Gubal goatfish Western Indian Ocean 8.7 SL 2019
Upeneus guttatus Two-tone goatfish Indo-West Pacific 16 SL 1868
Upeneus heemstra Heemstra goatfish Western Indian Ocean 15 SL 2014
Upeneus heterospinus Varied-spine goatfish Western Pacific 16 SL 2019
Upeneus indicus Tall-fin goatfish Western Indian Ocean 14 SL 2010
Upeneus itoui Oriental Goatfish Northwest Pacific 12.3 SL 2011
Upeneus japonicus Japanese goatfish Western Pacific 16.2 SL 1782
Upeneus lombok Lombok goatfish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.4 SL 2015
Upeneus luzonius Dark-barred goatfish Western Pacific 20 TL 1907
Upeneus margarethae Margaretha's goatfish Indian Ocean 11 SL 2010
Upeneus mascareinsis Mascarene goatfish Western Indian Ocean 18 SL 1967
Upeneus moluccensis Goldband goatfish Indo-West Pacific 22.5 TL 1855
Upeneus mouthami Moutham's goatfish Western Central Pacific 9.5 SL 2006
Upeneus niebuhri Niebuhr’s goatfish Western Indian Ocean 11 SL 1976
Upeneus nigromarginatus Black-margined goatfish Western Pacific 27 SL 2014
Upeneus oligospilus Short-fin goatfish Western Indian Ocean 17 SL 1954
Upeneus parvus Dwarf goatfish Western Atlantic 30 TL 1852
Upeneus pori Por's goatfish Western Indian Ocean 19 TL 1989
Upeneus quadrilineatus Four-stripe goatfish Indo-West Pacific 17 SL 1963
Upeneus randalli Western Indian Ocean 10.1 SL 2011
Upeneus saiab SAIAB goatfish Western Indian Ocean, Moz 10.2 SL 2013
Upeneus seychellensis Tailstripe goatfish Western Indian Ocean 11.7 SL 2011
Upeneus spottocaudalis Tailspot goatfish Eastern Indian Ocean to W 10.3 SL 2017
Upeneus stenopsis Narrow-tail goatfish Pacific Ocean 13.1 SL 2012
Upeneus suahelicus Swahili goatfish Western Indian Ocean 13.5 SL 2010
Upeneus subvittatus Deep-water goatfish Western Pacific 24.1 SL 1843
Upeneus sulphureus Sulphur goatfish Indo-West Pacific 23 TL 1829
Upeneus sundaicus Ochrebanded goatfish Indo-West Pacific 22 TL 1855
Upeneus supravittatus Long-fin goatfish Eastern Indian Ocean 14 SL 2010
Upeneus taeniopterus Finstripe goatfish Indo-Pacific 33 TL 1829
Upeneus torres Torres goatfish Eastern Indian to West Pa 10 SL 2014
Upeneus tragula Freckled goatfish Eastern Indian Ocean to W 25 TL 1846
Upeneus vanuatu Vanuatu goatfish Pacific Ocean 10 SL 2013
Upeneus vittatus Yellowstriped goatfish Indo-Pacific 28 TL 1775
Upeneus willwhite White’s goatfish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.2 SL 2021



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