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Yellowstripe GoatfishYellowstripe Goatfish
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Mullidae Genus: Mulloidichthys Species: flavolineatus
Scientific Name: Mulloidichthys flavolineatus
Common name: Yellowstripe goatfish
Hawaiian name: Weke 'a

This species is found across the entire Indo-Pacific Oceans as far north as Japan and south to Lord Howe Island and north to Hawaii. They live primarily in sheltered waters near to sand or mixed substrates where they forage.

yellowstripe goatfishGoatfish are active primarily during the day. Most frequently they are encountered in small dispersed groups or singly feeding over sand particularly on the sandy seafloors surrounding reefs, or in lagoons.

Goatfish use a pair of sensitive barbels beneath their chin to taste, touch, and dig. With this tool they sift out all kinds of food living within the sand including crustaceans, mollusks, worms, heart urchins and foraminiferans. Consequently, Yellowstripe Goatfish are frequently accompanied by other fishes such as wrasse, jack, triggerfish and many others that snap up escapees that the goatfish missed while digging.

Goatfish breed, primarily February through June, in Hawaii.
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