Mulloidichthys dentatus, also known as the Mexican Goat Fish, is found to the eastern Pacific, and from southern Baja and the Gulf of California, to Peru, including around all the offshore islands.
Mulloidichthys dentatus is a reef-associated species, inhabiting sand, mud, and rock substrata to depths of 60 m (Schneider 1995). This species can be occasionally found in estuaries and coastal lagoons along the tropical eastern Pacific coast (Cooke 1992). Often occurs in small schools but may also be solitary. Feeds by digging in the sand with its barbels.
Mulloidichthys dentatus is closely related to Mulloidichthys martinicus of the western Atlantic and Mulloidichthys vanicolensis, an Indo-Pacific species that also occurs in the region.
Upeneus dentatus Gill, 1862
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Mullidae (Family) > Mulloidichthys (Genus) > Mulloidichthys dentatus (Species)