Foxface Rabbitfish

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Siganus vulpinus - (Schlegel & Müller, 1845)
Foxface Rabbitfish

A voracious algae-eater and all-around great aquarium species. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Rabbitfishes are terrific marine aquarium community members, and this species is a strikingly colored algae-eating machine that is hardy and a valuable aquarium resident. This is an active fish that roams about the aquarium looking for grazing opportunities. Beware of its venomous fin spines that can cause painful stings.

Family: Siganidae

Other common name(s):

  • Foxface

Native range:

Habitat: Reef and lagoons with sheltering coral growth. Provide suitable hiding places, as well as swimming room.

Maximum length: 24 cm (9 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Herbivore. Offer fresh, dried or frozen algae-based foods at least three times a day. You may be able to feed it less if there is a good algal crop in the aquarium.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This rabbitfish will not behave aggressively toward other fishes, but may occasionally chase other herbivores (especially tangs) and it may quarrel with other rabbitfishes. It is best to keep one per tank, unless you can acquire a pair or have a very large tank (180 gallons [684 L] or more). They are often used in reef tanks to control algae and are typically well-behaved—however, the occasional individual may nip at and even eat large-polyped stony corals or mushroom anemones.

[edit] Special Care

VENOMOUS. Handle with care to avoid puncture wounds from its sharp dorsal spines.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

When stressed or at night it will adopt a dark mottling coloration over its body. Initially, it will be nervous in its new home, but will mellow and show its true, beautiful colors as time goes on.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Foxface RabbitfishRDF feed
Common name Foxface Rabbitfish  +, and Foxface  +
Family Siganidae  +
Genus Siganus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 9 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Philippines  +, Indonesia  +, New Guinea  +, Great Barrier Reef  +, Vanuatu  +, New Caledonia  +, Caroline Islands  +, Marshall Islands  +, Nauru  +, Kiribati  +, and Tonga  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name vulpinus  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +