Yellow Goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus)
Family: Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 371 ft. Size: 19 in. Jumps: Not likely Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small fish, crustaceans.
Natural History: The Yellow Goatfish is found in lagoons, on reef flats and slopes. It is observed singly or in small groups. It does not probe into sand to find prey with its large barbels, but instead uses them to flush fish into blind-ended spaces where it catches and eats them. It will also eat small crustaceans. It participates in cooperative hunting with Slingjaw Wrasses by driving prey toward its partner as its partner drives prey toward it while they both circle coral formations.
Husbandry: The Yellow Goatfish is a nervous fish that should be provided ample hiding places and swimming space. It will not aerate sand. Juveniles will swim beneath their tankmates as they do on the reef. This species should be housed with unagressive tankmates.
AKA: Yellowsaddle Goatfish
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