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n. pl. goatfish or goat·fish·es
Any of various fishes of the family Mullidae of warm seas, having two sensory barbels on the chin and usually a brightly colored body. Also called red mullet.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) the US name for red mullet



n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
any tropical reef fish of the family Mullidae, with two barbels on the chin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goatfish - brightly colored tropical fishes with chin barbelsgoatfish - brightly colored tropical fishes with chin barbels
mullet - bottom dwelling marine warm water fishes with two barbels on the chin
genus Mullus, Mullus - type genus of the Mullidae: goatfishes
Mullus auratus, red goatfish - body bright scarlet with 2 yellow to reddish strips on side
Mulloidichthys martinicus, yellow goatfish - schooling goatfish; greyish with yellow stripe
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A similar relationship was observed in the laboratory and field by McCormick and Molony (1995) in the tropical goatfish Upeneus tragula.
Ibrahim; the Gulf Arabic name for a breed of Goatfish, in addition to crabs and
We swirl past a shipwreck and bob around coral, while yellow goatfish, blue tangs and trumpetfish swim busily past our porthole.
Goatfish flicked their forked whiskers into the sand looking for buried invertebrates--I might as well have been watching a squirrel nosing around for acorns in a park.
Other varieties of fish at the aquarium are terapon fish, parrot fish, box fish, jelly fish, goatfish, domino fish, angel fish, sting rays, three kinds of eels, bat fish, sea breams, and the dangerous lion fish aside from other colourful fish, endangered groupers, star fish, sea cucumbers and sea urchins.
But don't worry--most fish at Snapper Ledge are grunts and goatfish so anglers wouldn't be missing much.
Of those commercial fishes, the goatfish family (Mullidea) is commercially important demersal fish group throughout their distribution around the world [42].
There are Pacific creolefish, Mexican goatfish, and blue and gold snappers, plus innumerable two- to three-footlong bigeye trevally--their schools stretching 40 feet high in the water column and as far as the eye can see.
Movements, distribution and growth rates of the white goatfish Mulloides flavolineatus in a fisheries conservation zone.
While snorkeling you are likely to see grouper, bonefish, angel and parrot fish, stingrays, conger, moray eels, goatfish and 3 different species of turtle, just to name a few.
Ciguatera results from the consumption of some tropical reef fish that include the groupers, mackerel, herring, blue and black marlins, snappers, barracudas and goatfish [45].