Spotted Goatfish GALLERY

Pseudupeneus maculatis

Spotted Goatfish have unique eyes, their pupils have white bands across the top and bottoms which makes their round eyes look rectangular. Since the spots on their body's sides also have a rectangular shape, the eyes conform to match the overall appearance; an amazing evolutionary adaptation. Spotted Goatfish are another master of camouflage. They can be a reddish color, white with spots or mottled when at rest. Even with this skill, Goatfish are wary and difficult to get close to.  You will see them in groups, using the two barbells that are attached to their lower lip/chin, to dig through the sand and rubble looking for food. The barbell's are folded back when not in use, so you can't readily see them.

Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted GoatfishSpotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted GoatfishSpotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
Spotted Goatfish - Pseudupeneus maculatis
 

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