Doublebar Goatfish (species: Parupeneus crassilabris) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Parupeneus crassilabris
Doublebar Goatfish

©Andy Lewis: Doublebar Goatfish at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Parupeneus crassilabris at Hicks Reef near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Parupeneus crassilabris at North Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Mullidae
Genus Parupeneus
Species Parupeneus crassilabris



Distinguishing features

Two dark bars, the first does not descend lower than pectoral fin base. A dark patch around the eye and a bright red rim to iris. Base colour can change rapidly from yellow to white or purple.


  • Up to 35 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E. and R.F. Myers (2002). Parupeneus insularis, a new central Pacific species of goatfish (Perciformes: Mullidae) of the P. trifasciatus complex, Zoological Studies, 44(4): 431-440. LIRS catalog number 90230.

Other references

  • Hunter, J.A., K.A. Hall and T.H. Cribb (2012). A complex of Transversotrematidae (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) associated with mullid fishes of the Indo-West Pacific Region, including the descriptions of four new species of Transversotrema. Zootaxa, 3266: 1-22. LIRS catalog number 1605.
  • Jabbar, A., A. Asnoussi, L.J. Norbury, A. Eisenbarth, S. Shamsi, R.B. Gasser, A.L. Lopata and I. Beveridge (2012). Larval anisakid nematodes in teleost fishes from Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63: 1283-1299. LIRS catalog number 1584.
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