Upeneus doriae (Günther, 1869)
Gilded goatfish
Upeneus doriae
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 45 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VIII,9; pectoral fins 15-17; gill rakers 7-9 + 22-24 = 29-33; lateral line scales 33-35; body depth at first dorsal-fin origin 27-29% SL and at anus 24% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 10-12% SL; maximum head depth 23-24% SL; head depth through eye 18-22% SL; head length 29-31%SL; orbit length 6.6-9.7% SL; upper jaw length 11% SL; barbel length 16-20% SL; caudal-fin length 26-28% SL; anal-fin height 14-15% SL; pelvic-fin length 18-20% SL; pectoral-fin length 25-28% SL; first dorsal-fin height 20-22% SL; second dorsal-fin height 14-15% SL; caudal fin bars absent; mid-lateral body stripe yellow (usually not retained in preserved fish); pale brown to yellowish first dorsal-fin tip (pigmentation faintly retained or lost in preserved fish); white barbels; silvery body, dorsally darkened in fresh fish (pale to dark brown, sometimes dorsally darkened in preserved fish) (Ref. 82903).
Biology:  Forms schools in coastal waters. Marketed fresh (Ref. 13710).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 09.01.98

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