Doublebar Goatfish, Parupeneus trifasciatus (Lacépède 1801)

Other Names: Indian Doublebar Goatfish, Two Barred Goatfish, Two-barred Goatfish

An Indian Doublebar Goatfish, Parupeneus trifasciatus, at Nick's Lumps, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, April 2009. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale goatfish with two black bars on the side that extend almost to the underside, a greyish head, and a whitish body with yellow scale margins.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Parupeneus trifasciatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024,

Doublebar Goatfish, Parupeneus trifasciatus (Lacépède 1801)

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Ningaloo Reef and Hibernia Reef, Western Australia; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indian Ocean.

Species Citation

Mullus trifasciatus Lacépède 1801, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 3: 404, pl. 15 (fig. 1). Type locality unknown.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Doublebar Goatfish, Parupeneus trifasciatus (Lacépède 1801)


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Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21 (as Parupeneus bifasciatus)

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37355036

Depth:1-80 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:35 cm TL

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