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Species Parupeneus crassilabris (Valenciennes, 1831)

Doublebar Goatfish, Double-banded Goatfish, Double-bar Goatfish, Two-banded Goatfish


In earlier literature this species was treated as a synonym of Parupeneus bifasciatus, the name used for a wide ranging Indo-Pacific goatfish. Currently P. bifasciatus is recognised as a junior synonym of P. trifasciatus (see Günther, 1859 p 407) and fishes identified under this name have been shown to represent three separate taxa, P. trifasciatus, P. crassilabris and P. insularis (see Randall & Myers 2002, Randall 2004 and comments under P. trifasciatus).




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Ningaloo Reef (22°42'S) to north-west of Montebello Islands (20°17'S), Rowley Shoals (17°30'S) and Scott Reef (121°47'E), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Lizard Island (14°40'S) to Townsville area (18°S), QLD; tropical, west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Province (2), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Northwest Transition (3), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore, marine, sand bottom marine.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 (as Parupeneus bifasciatus)

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [505]

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. [90] (as Parupeneus bifasciatus)

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. [213] (as Parupeneus bifasciatus)

Günther, A. 1859. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the acanthopterygian fishes in the collection of the British Museum. Gasterosteidae, Berycidae, Percidae, Aphredoderidae, Pristipomatidae, Mullidae, Sparidae. London : British Museum Vol. 1 524 pp. [407]

Randall, J.E. 2001. Mullidae. pp. 3175-3200 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. [3186] (as Parupeneus bifasciatus)

Randall, J.E. 2004. Revision of the goatfish genus Parupeneus (Perciformes: Mullidae), with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 36: 1-64 pls 1-16 [21]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [210] (as Parupeneus bifasciatus)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [210] (as P. bifasciatus)

Randall, J.E. & Myers, R.F. 2002. Parupeneus insularis, a new central Pacific species of goatfish (Perciformes: Mullidae) of the P. trifasciatus complex. Zoological Studies 41(4): 431-440 [431]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
18-Aug-2021 MULLIDAE 25-Jun-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
23-Feb-2015 MULLIDAE 28-Jan-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
17-Dec-2012 17-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED