Upeneus sundaicus (Bleeker, 1855)
Ochrebanded goatfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Max. size:  22 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 20 - 60 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, extending eastward to Indonesia. Recorded from the Gulf (Ref. 37588); also from northwestern Australia northward to Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VIII,9; pectoral fins 13-14; gill rakers 4-5 + 14-15 = 18-20; lateral line scales 31-34; body depth at first dorsal fin origin 25-28% SL and at anal-fin origin 22-24% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 11-13% SL; maximum head depth 21-23% SL; head depth through eye 17-20% SL; head length 27-30%SL; orbit length 6.1-7.2% SL; upper jaw length 11-12% SL; barbel length 18-21% SL; caudal-fin length 26-29% SL; anal-fin height 16-18% SL; pelvic-fin length 20-23% SL; pectoral-fin length 21-23% SL; first dorsal-fin height 25-29% SL; second dorsal-fin height 16-18% SL; 5-6 weak, red or grey bars on upper caudal fin lobe (not retained on preserved fish); no bars on lower lobe, fully to partly covered with a reddish or greyish band (lost in preserved fish); a pale brown mid-lateral body stripe from behind eye to caudal-fin base (sometimes retained in preserved fish); no dark dorsal-fin tip; yellow barbels when fresh; body reddish or dark grey dorsally, whitish-rose ventrally; head with red or grey pigmentation at snout and above eyes (body may darken dorsally in preserved fish (Ref. 83903).
Biology:  Inhabits coastal waters down to 100 m. Usually occurs in schools. Feeds on benthic animals (Ref. 2110).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 28.11.92
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 14.04.10

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