Species group: Goatfish
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Scientific name: Parupeneus macronema
An attractive marine fish, though not very popular among aquarists.
The Longbarbel Goatfish has a torpedo-shaped body that is reddish gray on the top part, and salmon pink on the bottom part. This two-tone color is divided by a black stripe that runs along the lateral line from the back of the eye to the base of the caudal fin. A white mark next to a black spot breaks the lateral strip close to the tail fin. A grayish-green tint is seen from the snout to the eye. The Longbarbel’s barbels are white and the anal fins are grayish yellow with light blue stripes. The second dorsal fin is black.
Like most Goatfish, the Longbarbel is harmless. It usually swims and scavenges alone. Known to be carnivorous, it feeds on benthic invertebrates, small fishes, crustaceans, and worms. Constantly feeding (hence the name Goatfish), they need to be fed several times a day.
The Longbarbel Goatfish requires lots of swimming space. A large tank with open sandy substrate is ideal.