Parupeneus cyclostomus

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Common Name
Yellow Goatfish
Binomial Name
Parupeneus cyclostomus
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Mullidae
Genus: Parupeneus
Species: cyclostomus

Common Names

  • Yellow Goatfish
  • Yellow Saddle Goatfish
  • Goldsaddle Goatfish



Solid Yellow in colour with chemosensory barbels or "whiskers" protruding from their chins.

Similar Species

Any species that look similar to this one, that may be mixed up.

Maximum Size

Max length : 50.0 cm, Common length : 35.0 cm.[1]

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.


These extremely hardy fish are very active, always pacing up and down the length of your tank stirring up the substrate in search of food.

Captive Care

Tank Size

600 litre or more tank due to the size of the fish and to supply a large open area for foraging.

Water Flow





Minimum daily feedings of chunky prepared or frozen seafoods or commercially available large pellets, by nature they are opportunistic predators so small live or frozen fish are acceptable.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




Take extreme care adding any smaller species of fish that could possibly become a sizeable meal


Does it have coral that it is not compatible with?


Will eat most species of shrimp and crab.


How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.

Local Ecology


Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to Durban, South Africa and east to the Hawaiian, Line, Marquesan, and Tuamoto islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia and Rapa.[1]


Found on coral, rocky, or rubble bottoms of reef flats, lagoons, and seaward reefs.[1]

Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ( Froese, R., Pauly, D. Fish Base, World Wide Web electronic publication, 2008, Retrieved: 13 March 2011,