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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.
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) the US name for red mullet
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n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
any tropical reef fish of the family Mullidae, with two barbels on the chin.
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
Unidentifed porgy 107 Lagodon rhomboides Pinfish Sciaenidae, Drums 108 Cynoscion nebulosus Spotted seatrout Mullidae, Goatfishes 109 Mulloidichthys martinicus Yellow goatfish 110 Pseudupeneus maculatus Spotted goatfish Kyphosidae, Sea chubs 111 Kyphosus incisor Yellow chub 112 Kyphosus sectatrix Bermuda chub 113 Kyphosus spp.
You may see foot-long puffer fish, schools of goatfish, reef fish, shrimp (look under ledges).
These included three herbivores: convict surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus), orangespine unicorn-fish (Naso lituratus), and little spinefoot (Siganus spinus), and two carnivores: yellowstripe goatfish (Mulloidichthys flavolineatus), and honeycomb grouper (Epinephelus merra).
Aspects of the reproduction biology and growth of two species of goatfish (Mullidae) from Aqaba, Red Sea.
Fishermen using light tackle line the windward shore during summer runs of oama and hahalalu (juvenile goatfish and bigeye scad).
Movements, distribution, and growth rates of the white goatfish Mulloides flavolineatus in a fisheries conservation zone.
argenteus Ti'ao (goatfish) Mullidae; Mulloides flavolineatus (1) Many local fishermen use this name to incorrectly identify juvenile fusiliers when they recruit en masse.
Sardines, octopus, shrimp, goatfish, mackerel -- the waters off the coast of Cyprus are teeming with life.
Commonly found species of fish within the area are damselfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, wrasse, grouper, snapper, rabbitfish, goatfish and barracudas.
In 1972, I saw bigeyefish, damselfish, doctorfish, filefish, goatfish, gobies, hogfish, lemon butterflyfish, lizardfish, parrottfish, porcupinefish, pufferfish, queen angelfish, rock beauties, sergeant majors, soldierfish, spot-tail butterflyfish, Spanish hogfish, squirrelfish, tangs, trunkfish, and bluehead or yellowhead wrasses.
The spotted goatfish Pseudupeneus maculatus (Bloch, 1793) is a marine demersal fish found in coral reefs, foraging mixed substrates of sand, gravel and rock (Krajewski et al., 2006; Sazima et al., 2006).