Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii 
Order: Perciformes
Family: Siganidae (Rabbitfishes and Spinefoots)

Genus/species: Siganus doliatus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Length to 25 cm (9.5 in). Light blue body above, silvery below with intricate patterns of thin blue and yellow lines; pair of brown bars on head and forebody; yellow tail.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Tropical west Pacific in coral rich areas of channels and lagoon slopes, reef flats and seaward reefs. Depth 1–15 m (3-45 ft).

DIET IN THE WILD: Feeds on benthic seaweeds Reproduction and Development: Pelagic spawner. Mortality/Longevity: Stout venomous spines discourage would-be predators.

REPRODUCTION: Pelagic spawner. Juveniles form schools. Pairs form at 7 cm (2.75 inches) which continue to form loose schools to feed in areas being flooded by the tide.

REMARKS : Fins and spines are venomous. Caution must be used when handling. Reactions can range from mild to severe
Named rabbitfish due to their voracious appetite.

Phillipine Coral Reef PR04


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