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Yellow Goatfish  - Mulloidichthys martinicus
Photo by William Harrigan

Yellow goatfish have a white body, yellow tail, yellow mid-body stripe, and two barbs under their chin. They grow to 5-8 inches and live between 5-40 feet. They feed alone or in small groups. When not feeding, they often congregate in huge groups.

Yellow Goatfish
(Mulloidichthys martinicus )

Florida, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico to Brazil

Around reefs, sandy bottom

Benthic Crustaceans and Invertebrates


The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
The yellow goatfish uses its two barbs to dig in the sand and rubble for food.

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