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goatfish

[goht-fish] /ˈgoʊtˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural goatfishes (especially collectively) goatfish.
1.
any tropical and subtropical marine fish of the family Mullidae, having a pair of long barbels below the mouth.
Also called red mullet.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; goat + fish
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for goatfish

goatfish

/ˈɡəʊtˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
the US name for the red mullet
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Encyclopedia Article for goatfish

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

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