Upeneus saiab  Uiblein & Lisher, 2013

SAIAB goatfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Etymology: Upeneus: Greek, ypene, -es = upper lip (Ref. 45335);  saiab: Named for the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB); noun in apposition.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 29 - 40 m (Ref. 94148).   Subtropical

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Western Indian Ocean, Mozambique.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94148)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VII + 9; pectoral fins 14-15; gill rakers 8-9 + 20-21 = 29; lateral-line scales 29-30; body depth at first dorsal-fin origin 21-24; body depth at anus 17-19; caudal-peduncle depth 8.7-9.2; maximum head depth 18-20; head depth through eye 15-17; interorbital length 7.0-8.2; head length 29-30; postorbital distance 12-13; orbit length 6.8-7.5; upper jaw length 9.5-12; barbel length 19-22; interdorsal distance 14-16; caudal-fin length 27-29; anal-fin height 14-16; pelvic-fin length 20-21; pectoral-fin length 20-21; first dorsal-fin height 19-22; second dorsal-fin height 14-16; pigmentation and colour when fresh: upper lobe of caudal fin with 5 red oblique bars including one on tip; lower caudal-fin lobe covered mostly with red pigmentation ending in a black tip; barbels white; body and postorbital region ventrally white and dorsally ochre, bordered at mid body by a faint lateral pale ochre stripe from behind eye to caudal base, head ochre from snout to cheek and ventrally white; preserved fish pale brown, bars on upper caudal-fin lobe and the lower lobe pigmented tip only weakly retained (Ref. 94148).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Uiblein, F. and M. Lisher, 2013. A new goatfish of the genus Upeneus (Mullidae) from Angoche, northern Mozambique. Zootaxa 3717(1):085-095. (Ref. 94148)

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):  3.4   ±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 (14 of 100) .