Fish ID please

Fish ID please

Hey peoples,

Little day off Ocean Reef today, caught this one and was told it may be some type of wrasse. Anyone know any better? Ta

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Tue, 2012-05-29 15:36

Stumped! But a wrasse I think.

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Goatfish

Tue, 2012-05-29 16:03

Blackspot goatfish. The whiskers on the chin are just tucked back.  Great to eat in my opinion.

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+1

Tue, 2012-05-29 16:06

 

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Legal?

Tue, 2012-05-29 16:46

So what sort of length is legal size for the blackspot goatfish?

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Red banded wrasse

Tue, 2012-05-29 21:12

Don't think its from the goatfish family, the closest I can come up to it is a red banded wrasse

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Pretty clear I think

Tue, 2012-05-29 22:28

Blackspot near his finger and barbells tucked flat against the chin. This would have to be the same fish wouldn't it? Closely related if not.

Image from the Neville Coleman's website.

No minimum size. A 1kg fish is a good size, but worth keeping smaller if cooking whole. Cook with the skin on, and if looking for recipes search for red mullet. Great for adding flavour and colour to Italian dishes.

Edit: The mouth is being distorted because the hook is still in it with enough tension applied to hold the fish up for a photo, hence confusion with wrasse.

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Goatfish

Wed, 2012-05-30 08:12

yes, this is a Blackspot Goatfish Parupeneus spilurus.

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Thank you

Wed, 2012-05-30 09:33

to all those that participated in this. We did however, throw it back in to get bigger for next time. We caught quite a few varieties there ranging from the above to even a cuttlefish that was in excess of 30cm. A bloody good day too.

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