Mulloides flavolineatus   (Lacepede,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Silvery white in color with a yellow (golden) stripe running along its body from the opercular spine to the base of the upper caudal fin lobe, anteriorly well below lateral line, then crossing the line at level of second dorsal fin; often 1 or 2 gray or black blotches on the longitudinal band below first dorsal fin. The fins are yellowish. No marks on any of the fins. Barbels white.

The body is very elongate and robust. A pair of relatively short and slender sensory barbels extend downwards from the chin. The mouth is small and terminal and bears a band of villiform teeth in each jaw. The fins include two separate dorsal fins. The first dorsal fin has 8 spines with the first spine being very small and the second dorsal fin has 1 spine and 8 soft rays. Other fins include an anal fin with 1 or 2 spines and 5-6 soft rays, pectoral fins that extend to the rear margin of the first dorsal fin base and a forked caudal. Twelve vertical rows of scales along upper part of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Mullus flavolineatus Lacepede 1801
Mullus flavolineatus Lacepede 1802
Mulloides flavolineatus Day 1875
Mulloidichthys samoensis (Gunther) : Thomas 1969
Mulloidichthys auriflamma (nec Forsskal) Jones and Kumaran 1980

Common Name (s)
• Yellowstripe Goatfish (English)
• Slender Goldband Goatfish (English)
• Thelakanthi
• Manakkam
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Amphipods, small crabs


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Comoros Islands
• Red Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Gulf of Oman
• Persian Gulf
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • (1994) The effect of artificial reef installation on the biosocioeconomics of small scale fisheries in Ranong province, Thailand Bay of Bengal Programme Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Wahbeh, MI (1992) The food and feeding habits of the goatfishes, Mulloides flavolineatus and Mulloides vanicolensis in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan Senckenbergiana Maritima 22 245-254 Available at - ZOOR12900024219
  • Wahbeh, MI (1992) Aspects of the reproduction biology and growth of two species of goatfish (Mullidae) from Aqaba, Red Sea Senckenbergiana Maritima 22 255-264 Available at - ZOOR12900024218
  • Mehdi, A; Yves, L; Michel, P and Salvat, B (1998) Factors influencing spatial distribution of fish communities an a fringing reef at Mauritius, S.W. Indian Ocean Environmental Biology of Fishes Kluwer Academic Publishers 53 169-182 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2007) Coral reef fish abundance and diversity of seagrass beds in Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Indian Journal of Fisheries Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin 54 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2005) Community organization of coral reef fishes in the rubble sub-habitat of Kavaratti Atoll, Lakshadweep, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 47(1) 77-82 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa

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