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Notes on this FAO species category: EMW-453

EMW idFAO Species CategoryNotes
EMW-453GoatfishesThis category includes species in the family Mullidae (Goatfishes) and genus Upeneus.

From FAO Fishstat, 59% and 41% capture of "Goatfishes" in 1999-2007 was from the Indian and Pacific Oceans respectively.

From fishbase.org, the smallest and 2 largest species in the genus Upeneus that are both of commercial or subsistence use and distributed in the Pacific or Indian Ocean are as follows:

Bensasi goatfish (Upeneus japonicus). Max length : 15.7 cm SL male/unsexed; common length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed

Band-tail goatfish (Upeneus arge). Max length : 36.5 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed.

Finstripe goatfish (Upeneus taeniopterus). Max length : 33.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed.

Upeneus taeniopterus is used as the largest species due to lack of size information for Upeneus arge.