The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Upeneus vittatus
Upeneus vittatus
(bandedtail goatfish)
Marine Fishes

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Upeneus vittatus (Forsskål, 1775)

Common name: bandedtail goatfish

Synonyms and Other Names: yellowbanded goatfish

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Native Range: Indo-Pacific from South Africa and the Red Sea to Japan, New Caledonia, Micronesia, the Society Islands, and the Marquesas (Mundy 2005).

Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences: Recorded from Kane'ohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (Randall 1981; Mundy 2005). 

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Upeneus vittatus are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†

Table last updated 5/6/2021

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Randall (1981, 1987) suggested that the species was inadvertanly introduced in 1955 from the Marquesas; the intended species for introduction was the Marquesan sardine Sardinella marquesensis.  However, Springer (1982) proposed that the species could have recruited to the Hawaiian Islands by dispersal from Japanese waters.

Status: Established in Hawaii.

Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.

References: (click for full references)

Mundy, B. C.  2005.  Checklist of fishes from the Hawaiian Archipelago.  Bishop Museum Bulletins in Zoology, Number 6.

Randall, J. E.  1981.  New records of fish from the Hawaiian Islands.  Pacific Science 34: 211-232.

Randall, J. E.  1987.  Introductions of marine fishes to the Hawaiian Islands.  Bulletin of Marine Science 41: 490-502.

Springer, V. G.  1982.  Pacific Plate biogeography, with species reference to shorefishes.  Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 367: 1-182.

Other Resources:
FishBase Summary

Author: Schofield, P.J.

Revision Date: 3/3/2006

Peer Review Date: 3/3/2006

Citation Information:
Schofield, P.J., 2021, Upeneus vittatus (Forsskål, 1775): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=791, Revision Date: 3/3/2006, Peer Review Date: 3/3/2006, Access Date: 5/6/2021

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