Masked Rabbitfish, Siganus puellus (Schlegel 1852)

Other Names: Bluelined Rabbitfish, Blue-lined Rabbitfish, Blue-lined Spinefoot, Masked Rabbit-fish, Masked Spinefoot

Masked Rabbitfish, Siganus puellus, on Mantis Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, December 1999. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A yellow to yellowish-orange rabbitfish fading to silvery white below, with a prominent diagonal blackish bar on the head, and wavy blue lines on the body.

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Masked Rabbitfish, Siganus puellus (Schlegel 1852)

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Offshore reefs of Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef  to the Capricorn Group, Queensland; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-west Pacific at depths to about 30 m. 
Pairs inhabit rich coral areas in clear lagoons and seaward reefs. Juveniles often form large schools  in areas dominated by Acropora corals in lagoons and on outer reef flats.


Dorsal fin XIII, 10; Anal fin VII, 9; Pectoral fin 15-17; Vertebrae 13; Scale rows above lateral line 18-25. 
Spines stout and venomous. Preopercular angle 101°-111°. Cheeks fully covered with strong scales. Midline of thorax scaled; scaled pelvic ridges may interrupt scale row pattern. Low rim of anterior nostril expanded posteriorly into a short, broad triangular flap.

Species Citation

Amphacanthus puellus Schlegel, 1852, Bijdragen tot de Dierkunde 1: 39, fig. 2. Type locality: Ternate or Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Masked Rabbitfish, Siganus puellus (Schlegel 1852)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37438011

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:3-12 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:38 cm TL

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