Goldlined Rabbitfish, Siganus lineatus (Valenciennes 1835)


Other Names: Goldenlined Spinefoot, Golden-lined Spinefoot, Gold-lined Rabbitfish, Lined Rabbitfish, Lined Rabbit-fish

A Goldlined Rabbitfish, Siganus lineatus, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Summary:
A pale grey to bluish-grey rabbitfish fading to silvery below, with wavy orange lines, a large bright yellow spot below the rear of the dorsal fin, and blue lines on the cheek and gill cover.

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Dianne J. Bray, Siganus lineatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Apr 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/4736

Goldlined Rabbitfish, Siganus lineatus (Valenciennes 1835)

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from Point Quobba, WA, to the Capricorn Group, southern QLD; also Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Murray Island, Coral Sea. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits lagoons, bays and protected coastal reefs, often in mangrove areas and seagrass flats. Sometimes enters freshwater. Juveniles forms large schools, while adults are usually seen in smaller schools.

Features

Dorsal fin XIII, 10; Anal fin VII, 9; Pectoral fin 16-17; Vertebrae 13; Scale rows above lateral line 18-27. 
Preopercular angle 92°-104°; strong scales almost completely cover cheeks; midline of thorax scaled, not pelvic ridges. Anterior nostril encircled by a very low rim, slightly expanded posteriorly. Spines stout, pungent and venomous.

Feeding

Herbivore: browses on macroalgae or scrapes encrusting algae from rock or pavement reef areas.

Fisheries

Marketed in parts of its range. 

Species Citation

Amphacanthus lineatus Valenciennes, 1835, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 10: 130, pl. 286. Type locality: Waigeo Island, Irian Jaya; Santa Cruz Island, Vanikoro area.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Goldlined Rabbitfish, Siganus lineatus (Valenciennes 1835)

References


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Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 pp.

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Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

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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.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37438010

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:43 cm TL

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