Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Mulliformes
(Goatfishes) > Mullidae
Etymology: Parupeneus: Latin, parum, parvum = small + Peneus, the name of a river; sinai: Named for the Sinai Peninsula, assumed type locality of this species; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 123580)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following characters: pectoral fins 15; lateral-line scales 27; gill rakers 8 + 28-29 = 36-37; measurements in % SL (only small-sized fish available) for body depth at first dorsal-fin origin 24, body depth at anus 20, caudal-peduncle depth 8.7, maximum head depth 21, head depth through eye 18, interorbital length 7.5, head length 32, snout length 13, postorbital length 10, orbit length 8.3, upper jaw length 12, barbel length 26, caudal-peduncle length 23, height of second anal-fin ray 14, pelvic-fin length 24, pectoral-fin length 24, height of second dorsal-fin spine 18, of third dorsal-fin spine 20, ninth dorsal-fin ray 7.7; posterior margin of maxilla evenly or rather symmetrically rounded; the snout dorsally elevated; colour of preserved fish pale brown (Ref. 123580).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Uiblein, F., 2021. Taxonomic review of the 'posteli-species group' of goatfishes (genus Parupeneus, Mullidae), with description of a new species from the northern Red Sea. Cybium 45(1):63-77. (Ref. 123580)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00556 - 0.02601), b=3.10 (2.93 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .