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

Genus/species: Siganus puellus


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Highly compressed body yellow with wavy, broken blue lines. Dark band from eyes to mouth. Dark dots extend from eyes to dorsal fin. Like all rabbitfishes, have small, rabbit-like mouths, large dark eyes, and a shy temperament, thus their common name.

Length up to 38 cm (15 inches)

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Indo-West Pacific in shallow, coral-rich areas of lagoons
and seaward reefs to 30 m or 98 ft. Adults often in pairs; species forms large schools in shallows, lagoons and outer reef flats, particularly in areas dominated by luxurious growths of Acorpora coral.

DIET IN THE WILD: Juveniles feed on filamentous algae; adults on algae, tunicates, and sponges.

CONSERVATION: IUCN Red List Least Concern (LC)

REMARKS: Venomous spines, which can be flashed at any bothersome fish or hand.


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