Scientific Name
Parupeneus barberinoides  
Parupeneus barberinoides鬚海緋鯉
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Bleeker, 1852) Depth 5 - 30M
Chinese 鬚海緋鯉 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鬚鯛科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F382 Mullidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 似條斑副緋鯉 
Max Length 30 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 秋姑、鬚哥 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、North、North East、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal、Lagoon  Holotype Locality Wahai, Ceram 
Synonyms Pseudopeneus barberinoides, Upeneus barberinoides   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.5(FAO, 2001)  Bleeker, P. 1852 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0057539. ASIZP0059546. FRIP20214. FRIP21055. NMMBP02381. NMMBP03066. NMMSTP00102. NTUM03196. NTUM03197. NTUM03847. NTUM03848. NTUM08218.  
Common Name Swarthy-headed goatfish; Bicolor goatfish; Bicolour goatfish; Half-and-half goatfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body moderately elongate, and moderately compressed. Chin with 2 slender barbels usually reaching posterior to rear edge of preopercle; snout moderate; dorsal profile of snout straight to slightly concave; mouth small, maxilla reaching from 2/3 to 3/4 distance to anterior edge of eye; a single row of well-spaced, stout, conical teeth in jaws; no teeth on roof of mouth. First gill arch with 6 or 7 gill rakers on upper limb, 21 to 25 on lower limb (total 28 to 33). Two well-separated dorsal fins, the first with VIII spines, the second fin with 9 soft rays; first dorsal-fin spine very short; longest dorsal-fin spine 1.4 to 1.8 times in head length; last ray of second dorsal and anal fins distinctly longer than penultimate ray; anal fin with I spine and 6 soft rays; pectoral-fin rays 15 or 16 (usually 15). Lateral-line scales 27 or 28; 3 rows of scales between dorsal fins; 9 rows of scales along upper part of caudal peduncle. Head and anterior half of body dark reddish brown, abruptly white and yellow on posterior half; 2 diagonal white bands in dark part of head and body, the uppermost running from front of snout, through upper part of eye and along back; an irregular black spot a little smaller than eye on lateral line just behind rear base of second dorsal fin; barbels red.
habitats Inhabits mixed sand, rubble, and seaweed covered bottoms. Usually found in the vicinity of coral reefs in protected waters such as bays or lagoons; juveniles often seen in seagrass beds. Adults are usually solitary, but juveniles generally form small scho 
Distribution Western Pacific from Moluccas and Philippines to western Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia and Tonga; Palau, Caroline and Marshall Islands in Micronesia. It is a common species in Taiwan except western part. 
Utility Marketed fresh.