Yellow stripped goatfish Mulloidichthys martinicus

  • Fringing Reef
  • Goatfishes
  • Fauna
  • Lagoon coral patches


Mulloidichthys martinicus, of the order of  Perciformes and family of Mullidae (Goatfishes) is commonly known as the Yellow Goatfish, Goatfish, King Mullet, Queen Mullet and Red Goatfish. It has total of 9 dorsal spines, 8 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines and 6 anal soft rays. The body is of a pale beige color with a yellow stripe from the eye to the caudal fin. The tail is yellow[1].


[1] ‘Mulloidichthys Martinicus Summary Page’.

Habitat and ecology

This species is present across the Indo-Pacific region. It is found in shallow habitats such as seagrass beds, mangroves, and reef structure. The recorded depth range reaches a maximum of 135m. Their diet consists of invertebrates found on the seafloor. It can form groups with other species.


Conservation and management

According to the IUCN Red list, this species is categorized as being of ‘Least Concern’. No conservation measures are in place for this species. It is present in many MPAs though[1].


[1] ‘Mulloidichthys Martinicus’.

Did you know?

This species can reach a maximum recorded length of 39 cm.