Mulloidichthys dentatus (Gill, 1862)
MEXICAN GOATFISH
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Mulloidichthys dentatus
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Mulloidichthys dentatus

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Overview
Main identification features
  • yellow stripe
  • c: yellow
  • gill rakers: 28
  • pectoral: 16
Dorsal rays VIII + I,8 (first dorsal spine minute, often embedded); anal rays I-II,6; pectoral rays 15-17 (average 16), fin length 17.9-21.5% of standard length (average 20.1%); barbel length 17.6-24.5% of standard length (average 20.5%); gill rakers 25-31 (average 28); lateral-line scales 34-38; body relatively slender, the depth about 4.0 in standard length.

Yellow to greenish yellow on back and top of head, whitish on lower parts; a broad bright yellow midlateral stripe with a thinner bluish stripe immediately above; tail fin bright yellow.

Size: reaches 38 cm.

Inhabits coral and rocky reefs; often seen over adjacent sand and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 2-60 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru, and all the offshore islands.

Closely related to M. martinicus of the western Atlantic, and M. vanicolensis, an Indo-Pacific species that also occurs in our region.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California).
Depth Range Max: 60 m.
Depth Range Min: 2 m.
Diet: mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=32; Southern limit=-4; Western limit=-115; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=36; Longitudinal range=37.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Corals; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef and soft bottom.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 38 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); TEP endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;


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References
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Mulloidichthys dentatus (Gill , 1862)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Etymology: Mulloidichthys: Latin, mullus = soft + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on author: Gill .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 46 m (Ref. 5227 ).   Subtropical

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Eastern Pacific: southern California, USA to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands; rare north of southern Baja California, Mexico.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850 )

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sand, mud and rock bottoms of shallow waters near the coast (Ref. 9322 ). Often occurs in small schools but may also be solitary. Feeds by digging in the sand with its barbels. Rests on the bottom at night, dramatically changing both color and daytime pattern to reddish blotches (Ref. 5227 ). Young are pelagic.

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Randall, John E. | Collaborators

Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann , 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

  Least Concern (LC)  ; Date assessed: 24 May 2007

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 20.6 - 28.4, mean 24.9 (based on 52 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5078   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00490 - 0.02135), b=3.09 (2.92 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.7   ±0.55 se; Based on food items. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .

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