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Species Upeneus guttatus (Day, 1868)

Orange-barred Goatfish, Two-tone Goatfish


Generic Combinations



This species was incorrectly synonimised with Upeneus bensasi (now U. japonicus) by Day,1875 (see Randall & Kuhlbicki 2006). Gloerfelt-Tarp & Kailola (1984) record this species as Upeneus sp.1 (not as U. bensasi as stated in Randall & Kuhlbicki 2006), and Sainsbury et al. (1985) record this as Upeneus sp. (see Uiblein & Gledhill, 2014).




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Northwest of Monte Bello Islands, WA (20°12'S, 115°08'E) to south east of Cairns, QLD (17°09'S 146°12'E); tropical, Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, marine, sand bottom marine, silt bottom-marine.


General References

Day, F. 1875. The Fishes of India; being a natural history of the fishes known to inhabit the sea and fresh water of India, Burma and Ceylon. London : B. Quaritch Part 1 168 pp., pls 1-40. [121]

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. [214, 344] (as Upeneus sp. 1)

Randall, J.E., Bauchot, M.-L. & Guézé, M. 1993. Upeneus japonicus (Houttuyn), a senior synonym of the Japanese goatfish U. bensasi (Temminck et Schlegel). Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 40(3): 301-305 fig. 1 (sugested that Upeneus japonicus might be restricted to the north-west Pacific)

Randall, J.E. & Kulbicki, M. 2006. A review of the goatfishes of the genus Upeneus (Perciformes: Mullidae) from New Caledonia and the Chesterfield Bank, with a new species and four new records. Zoological Studies 45(3): 298-307 [301]

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. [238] (as Upeneus sp.)

Uiblein, F., Gouws, G., Lisher, M. & Malauene, B.S. 2020. Upeneus floros, a new goatfish from South Africa and Mozambique, with updated taxonomic accounts for U. guttatus and U. pori and a key to Western Indian Ocean Upeneus species (Mullidae). Zootaxa 4834(4): 523–555

Uiblein, F. & Gledhill, D.C. 2014. A new goatfish of the genus Upeneus (Mullidae) from Australia and Vanuatu, with inter- and intraspecific comparisons. Marine Biology Research [Published online 11 Dec 2014] [2, 14]

Uiblein, F. & Heemstra, P.C. 2010. A taxonomic review of the western Indian Ocean goatfishes of the genus Upeneus (Family Mullidae), with descriptions of four new species. Smithiana, Publications in Aquatic Biodiversity, Bulletin 11: 35-71 [38]

Uiblein, F. & Heemstra, P.C. 2011. Description of a new goatfish species, Upeneus randalli n. sp. (Mullidae), from the Persian Gulf, with remarks and identification keys for the genus Upeneus. Scientia Marina 75(3): 585-594 [38]


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 06-Aug-2021 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
23-Feb-2015 MULLIDAE 09-Feb-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
17-Dec-2012 17-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED