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Siganus vulpinus  (Schlegel & Müller, 1845)

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Actinoptérygiens (poissons à nageoires rayonnées) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Siganidae (Rabbitfishes)
Etymology: Siganus: Latin, siganus = a fish, rabbit fish; by the similarity of the nose (Ref. 45335).

Environnement / Climat / Gamme Écologie

; marin récifal; profondeur ? - 30 m (Ref. 58652), usually 1 - 30 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 26°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115), preferred ?; 26°N - 25°S, 95°E - 173°W

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Western Pacific: western Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu (sighting), New Caledonia, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru (sighting) and Kiribati (sighting). Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).

Taille / Poids / Âge

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 25.0 cm SL mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 48637); common length : 20.0 cm TL mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 9813)

Description synthétique Morphologie | Morphométrie

Épines dorsales (Total): 13; Rayons mous dorsaux (Total): 10; Épines anales 7; Rayons mous anaux: 9; Vertèbres: 13. A dark chocolate ocular band running in an arc from base of 1st dorsal spine to chin; a narrow white blaze on midline of head profile; thorax dark chocolate; a broad white zone behind ocular bar on trunk; remainder of body yellow-orange. Stout, pungent, venomous spines. Caudal fin only slightly incised. Fully scaled midline of thorax. Preopercular angle 119° (111°-120°). Variable cheek scaling; usually overlapping scales, 8-10 rows deep below center of orbit; occasionally, few scattered scales; area fully scaled from lower edge of orbit 2 angle of mouth. S. vulpinus is very closely related to and possibly the same as S. unimaculatus, which has a large black blotch on the sides beneath the soft dorsal rays (Ref. 37816).

Biologie     Glossaire (ex. epibenthic)

Sometimes territorial, occurs in coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. Often among staghorn corals (Ref. 90102). Usually occurs singly or in pairs, but juveniles and subadults occasionally occur in large schools among Acropora where they feed on algae growing on the dead bases of the coral branches. Capable of inflicting painful stings (Ref. 4690, 48637).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturité | Reproduction | Frai | Œufs | Fécondité | Larves

Référence principale Upload your references | Références | Coordinateur : Woodland, David J. | Collaborateurs

Woodland, D.J., 1990. Revision of the fish family Siganidae with descriptions of two new species and comments on distribution and biology. Indo-Pac. Fish. (19):136 p. (Ref. 1419)

Statut dans la liste rouge de l'IUCN (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Menace pour l'homme

  Venomous (Ref. 4690)




Utilisations par l'homme

Pêcheries: intérêt commercial mineur; Aquarium: Commercial
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