Narrow-tail Goatfish, Upeneus stenopsis Uiblein & McGrouther 2012

A small goatfish with a reddish back, silvery sides, a white belly and caudal peduncle underside, no lateral body stripes, 4-5 dark bars on upper caudal-fin lobe, and 3-4 bars on lower caudal-fin lobe (total number of oblique caudal-fin bars 7-9), bars pale brown becoming dark brown towards caudal-fin margin.

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Narrow-tail Goatfish, Upeneus stenopsis Uiblein & McGrouther 2012

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Recorded in Australia from the Timor Sea and the Coral Sea in depths of 165-270 m. Found elsewhere in the Philippines.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VIII + 9; Pectoral fin 15-16; Gill rakers 7-8 + 18-20 = 25-28. 
Body depth at first dorsal-fin origin 22-25% SL; body depth at anus 18-21% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 7.4-7.8% SL; maximum head depth 22-23% SL; head depth through eye 18-19% SL; head length 33-34% SL; orbit length 9.2-9.9% SL; upper jaw length 14-15% SL; barbel length 21-22% SL; caudal-fin length 26-28% SL; anal-fin height 15-16% SL; pelvic-fin length 18-19% SL; pectoral-fin length 23-25% SL; first dorsal-fin height 20-23% SL; second dorsal-fin height 14-16% SL; total number of oblique caudal-fin bars 7-9.


Total number of oblique caudal-fin bars 7-9, colour of bars changing from pale brown proximally to dark brown towards rear caudal-fin margin; dark bars on upper caudal-fin lobe 4-5 (including one bar close to rear end of lateral line), slightly increasing in width distally; lower caudal-fin lobe with 3-4 bars, of similar width as white interspaces between bars; first dorsal-fin tip black; caudal-fin bars and black dorsal-fin tip retained on preserved fish; barbels white; lateral body stripes absent; head and body silvery laterally and reddish dorsally, belly and ventral side of peduncle white.


The specific name stenopsis is from the Greek stenos, meaning “narrow”, in reference to the rather narrow (both in depth and width) caudal peduncle of Upeneus stenopsis.

Species Citation

Type locality:  NE Australia, Queensland, Coral Sea, off Raine Island, 11° 35' S, 144° 02' E, 270–275 m, prawn trawl.


Dianne J. Bray

Narrow-tail Goatfish, Upeneus stenopsis Uiblein & McGrouther 2012


Uiblein, F. & M. McGrouther. 2012. A new deep-water goatfish of the genus Upeneus (Mullidae) from northern Australia and the Philippines, with a taxonomic account of U. subvittatus and remarks on U. mascareinsis. Zootaxa 3550: 61-70. 

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37355034

Behaviour:165-275 m

Habitat:Soft bottoms

Max Size:13 cm SL

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