noun, plural goatfishes (especially collectively) goatfish.
any tropical and subtropical marine fish of the family Mullidae, having a pair of long barbels below the mouth.
Also called red mullet.

1630–40; goat + fish

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goatfish (ˈɡəʊtˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
the US name for the red mullet

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any of about 50 species of elongated marine fishes of the family Mullidae (order Perciformes).

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There were many hundreds of goatfish and yellow snappers, and dozens of white tip reef sharks lying there on the sandy bottom.
Yellowfin goatfish are common reef fish that stay together in groups during the day.
The diel activity pattern of each goatfish probably relates to the differential day-night habits of its specific prey.
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