Parupeneus rubescens   (Lacepede,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 23-30 cm.

Color: Reddish to greenish brown dorsally, shading to light red ventrally, with a large black spot dorsally on posterior part of caudal peduncle (above lateral line), preceded by a whitish spot of about equal size (whitish area often faint); a pale-edged dark brown band from front of snout through eye and continuing a short distance anteriorly on body along lateral line (dark band sometimes not persisting in preservative); fins without obvious markings.

Body depth 3 to 3.3 times in standard length. Chin with 2 slender barbels which usually reach posterior to rear margin of preopercle, their length 1.3 to 1.5 times in head. Snout 1.8 to 2 times in head; mouth small, the maxilla reaching about 2/3 distance to front edge of eye; a single row of well-spaced, stout, conical teeth in jaws; no teeth on roof of mouth; gillrakers 29 to 31. First dorsal fin with 8 spines, the first small, the third longest, contained 1.4 to 1.7 times in head; last dorsal and anal rays not prolonged; pectoral fin rays 15 to 17. Lateral line scales 27 or 28; 3 vertical scales rows in space between dorsal fins; 8 to 9 vertical scale rows along upper part of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Parupeneus fraterculus (Valenciennes, 1831)
Parupeneus dispilurus (Playfair and Gunther, 1867)
Parupeneus pleurotaenia (Playfair and Gunther, 1867)

Common Name (s)
• Blacksaddle Goat Fish (English)
• Rosy goatfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen also make fish meal)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Bottom living animals


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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