Tailbar Goatfish, Upeneus caudofasciatus Uiblein & Gledhill 2019

Freshly caught holotype of the Tailbar Goatfish, Upeneus caudofasciatus, CSIRO H 6717-02, 116 mm SL, from north of Rockingham Bay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Daniel C. Gledhill, Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A reddish-brown or mottled dark grey goatfish with a white underside, a barred caudal fin (upper lobe with 4-5 reddish to dark brown bars, lower lobe with 4-9 bars), sometimes a black tip on the lower lobe, pale chin barbels, a yellowish to pale brown mid-lateral stripe following the lateral line (stripe with 1-4 horizontal series of 2–4 dark dots, the posteriormost dots behind second dorsal-fin base). The first dorsal has 3-4 reddish to brown (often fused) stripes without a dark tip, and the second dorsal fin has 3-4 well-separated red to brown stripes.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Upeneus caudofasciatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Jul 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5523

Tailbar Goatfish, Upeneus caudofasciatus Uiblein & Gledhill 2019

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Endemic to northeastern Australia, from west of Thursday Island and south of Daru Island, Torres Strait, to northeast of Gladstone, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
Inhabits shallow soft bottom areas near coral reefs in depths to 60 m, commonly between between 15-40 m.



Fresh specimens: head and body dorsally red-brown or dark grey mottled, ventrally white, often with pale beige dots; upper lobe of caudal fin with 4 or 5 red or brown bars (3 or 4 bars in subadults), lower caudal-fin lobe with 4 to 9 red, brown or darkbrown bars, sometimes dorsally covered by a red, brown or dark-brown stripe; bars on both lobes of pupil width or less, interrupted by pale, partly hyaline interspaces of less or similar width; lower caudal-lobe tip sometimes black; barbels white, pale rose whitish, or white with beige tip region; a single yellow, beige or pale brown mid-lateral body stripe of pupil width from snout tip through eye to caudal-fin base, following lateral line in anterior two thirds of body; stripe covered by 1–4 sections with horizontal series of 2–4 dark dots, the posteriormost dots behind second dorsal-fin base; first dorsal fin with 3 or 4 red or brown, often fused stripes and the tip region pale or not darker than rest of fin; second dorsal fin with 3 or 4 red or brown well-separated stripes with hyaline interspaces; pectoral fins hyaline, pelvic and anal fins weakly pigmented and partly hyaline; preserved fish pale, often with remains of dark pigmentation deriving from caudal-fin bars, mid-lateral dots, saddle and/or second dorsal-fin distal stripe.


Individuals have trawled, commonly at depths between 15 and 40 m.


The specific name caudofasciatus is from the Latin cauda (= tail) and fasciatus (= banded), in reference to the conspicuous oblique bars that entirely cross both caudal-fin lobes.

Species Citation

Upeneus caudofasciatus Uiblein & Gledhill, in Uiblein, Gledhill, Pavlov, Hoang & Shaheen 2019, Zootaxa 4683(2): 168, Figs. 7A-C. Type locality: Great Barrier Reef, north of Rockingham Bay, Queensland, northeast Australia, 17°38.57'S, 146°22.79'E, depth 26 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Tailbar Goatfish, Upeneus caudofasciatus Uiblein & Gledhill 2019


Uiblein, F., Gledhill, D.C., Pavlov, D.A., Hoang, T.A. & Shaheen, S. 2019. Three new goatfishes of the genus Upeneus (Mullidae) from the Indo-Pacific, with a redescription of colour patterns in U. margarethae. Zootaxa 4683(2): 151-196 http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4683.2.1

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CAAB Code:37355044

Depth:15-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:12.5 cm SL


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