Pencilstreaked Rabbitfish

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Siganus doliatus - Guérin-Méneville, 1829
Pencilstreaked Rabbitfish

This is a hardy, pair-bonding species, with pair members joining up when they are about 3 in. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This hardy, handsomely adorned rabbitfish will do best if kept in a tank with plenty of swimming room and with nonaggressive to moderately aggressive tankmates. It may pick at the fecal material produced by large-polyped stony corals, which could lead to picking at the polyp itself. Heavy feeding will help discourage this behavior.

Family: Siganidae

Other common name(s):

  • Barred Spinefoot
  • Barred Rabbitfish
  • Pencilstreaked Spinefoot
  • Spinefoot

Native range:

Habitat: This species inhabits coral-rich areas of lagoons and seaward reefs.

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)

[edit] Feeding

Consumes a varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and sushi nori (dried seaweed). Feed two to three times a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Keep only one or a pair per tank. This is a pair-bonding species, with pair members joining up when they are about 3 in. [7.6 cm] in length. Adult pair members may behave aggressively toward related species. They tend to ignore most fish tankmates.

[edit] Notes

This species will eat macroalgae and is usually effective at helping to control Caulerpa.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Pencilstreaked RabbitfishRDF feed
Common name Pencilstreaked Rabbitfish  +, Barred Spinefoot  +, Barred Rabbitfish  +, Pencilstreaked Spinefoot  +, and Spinefoot  +
Family Siganidae  +
Genus Siganus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 9 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Indo-Malayan  +, Palau  +, Northwestern Australia  +, and Tonga  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name doliatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +