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

Summary:
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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Dianne J. Bray, Siganus stellatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Jul 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2215

Stellate Rabbitfish, Siganus stellatus (Forsskål 1775)

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Distribution

Recorded from Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean.

Species Citation

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

Author

Dianne J. Bray

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Stellate Rabbitfish, Siganus stellatus (Forsskål 1775)

References


Allen, G.R., Steene, R., Human, P. & Deloach, N. 2003. Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific. Jacksonville, Florida : New World Publications, Inc. 457 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Dor, M. 1984. CLOFRES, Checklist of the Fishes of the Red Sea. Jerusalem : Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities 437 pp. 2 figs.

Forsskål, P. 1775. Descriptiones animalium Avium, Amphibiorum, Piscium, Insectorum, Vermium; quae in itinere orientali observavit Petrus Forskål. Post mortem auctoris edidit Carsten Niebuhr. Adjuncta est materia medica kahirina atque tabula maris rubri geographica. Hauniae : Mölleri 1-19, i-xxxiv, 164 pp., 43, pls.

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and Their Relatives. A comprehensive guide to Acanthuroidei. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp.

Smith, W.L. & Wheeler, W.C. 2006. Venom evolution widespread in fishes: a phylogenetic rode map for the bioprospecting of piscine venoms. J. Hered. 97(3): 206-217.

Woodland, D.J. 1990. Revision of the fish family Siganidae with descriptions of two new species and comments on distribution and biology. Indo-Pacific Fishes 19: 1-136 figs 1-23, 11 pls

Woodland, D.J. 2001. Siganidae. pp. 3627-3650 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. PDF

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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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