Stellate Rabbitfish, Siganus stellatus (Forsskål 1775)

Other Names: Brownspotted Spinefoot, Brown-spotted Spinefoot, Honeycomb Rabbitfish

A Stellate Rabbitfish, Siganus stellatus, in the Maldives. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A rabbitfish covered in small close-set dark brown to black spots with white areas between forming a "honeycomb" pattern, black spots on fins, caudal fin and trailing edges of dorsal and anal fins with a whitish margin, and often a pale whitish to yellowish saddle on the caudal peduncle.
Rabbitfishes have venomous fin spines that may inflict a painful injury.

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Stellate Rabbitfish, Siganus stellatus (Forsskål 1775)

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Recorded from Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean.

Species Citation

Scarus stellatus Forsskål, 1775, Descriptiones animalium: 26, x. Type locality: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Dianne J. Bray


Stellate Rabbitfish, Siganus stellatus (Forsskål 1775)


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CAAB Code:37438018

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:35 cm TL

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