Upeneus oligospilus  Lachner, 1954

Short-fin goatfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Etymology: Upeneus: Greek, ypene, -es = upper lip (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Lachner.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 13 m (Ref. 95469).   Tropical

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Western Indian Ocean: Persian Gulf.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83903)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VIII + 9; pectoral fins 13-14; gill rakers 4-7 + 15-18 = 20-24; lateral line scales 29-31; body depth at first dorsal fin origin 22-26% SL and at anus 19-22% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 9.6-11% SL, width 2.2-4.1% SL; maximum head depth 19-23% SL; head depth through eye 15-19% SL; head length 29-33%SL; postorbital length 12-13% SL; orbit length 5.5-8.1% SL; upper jaw length 11-14% SL; barbel length 16-22% SL; caudal-peduncle length 20-25% SL; caudal-fin length 24-28% SL; anal-fin height 15-17% SL; pelvic-fin length 18-22% SL; pectoral-fin length 18-22% SL, width 3.6-5.4% SL; first dorsal-fin height 18-22% SL; second dorsal-fin height 16-18% SL; postorbital length 1.2-1.4 times in anal-fin height; all fins possess dark brown or black stripes, bars or blotches; 6-10 oblique bars on caudal fin in adults (6 or less in juveniles > 7 cm SL), 3-5 brown, dark brown or black bars on upper caudal-fin lobe, 3-4 brown, dark brown or black bars on lower lobe; a dark-brown or black mid-lateral body stripe from tip of snout to caudal-fin base; body and head ground colour white or beige, slightly darker above lateral line, with irregular dark brown or black spots, dots and blotches; barbels are yellow or pale brown; most of body and fin pigmentation retained on preserved fish (Ref. 95469).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Randall, John E. | Collaborators

Uiblein, F. and P.C. Heemstra, 2010. A taxonomic review of the Western Indian Ocean goatfishes of the genus Upeneus (Family Mullidae), with descriptions of four new species. Smithiana 11:35-71. (Ref. 83903)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00453 - 0.01921), b=3.09 (2.92 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .