noun (plural same or goatfishes)
North American term for red mullet.
- In the shallower water gather surgeonfish, triggerfish, scorpionfish, goatfish and giant clams.
- Dozens of demoiselles hovered, waiting for the combfish to remove their parasites while the goatfish below seemed oblivious to the free grooming services available.
- Following them will often be a crowd of wrasse or snapper, hoping to nip in for a free meal uncovered by the goatfish.
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