Doublebar goatfish (Parupeneus trifasciatus) is a marine fish belonging to the family Mullidae. Occurs in 3 color forms. The Indian Ocean form has 2 sharply defined wedge-shaped bars become narrower and sometimes end on the belly. The Indo-Australian form has 3 very distinct dark patches and rows of yellow spots on the sides. The Pacific Plate form has 2 wide bars that extend to the belly.
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 27.0 cm TL male/unsexed.
Doublebar goatfish's Behavior & Ecology
This occasionally schooling species inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs: juveniles on reef flats, adults tend to occur around rocky or coralline areas of high vertical relief.
Doublebar goatfish's Feeding
Feeds on crustaceans at daytime and on fishes and crab larvae at night. Also feeds on worms.
Doublebar goatfish habitat
This demersal species inhabits coastal areas and offshore reefs (Randall 2004, Satapoomin 2011, Allen and Erdmann 2012, Psomadakis et al. 2015). Juveniles are often found on reef flats, while adults occur on the steep slopes of coral and rocky reefs (Fricke et al. 2009). This is a diurnal carnivore (Durville et al. 2003). The maximum standard length is 27 cm (Randall 2004).