Golden Rabbitfish Siganus guttatus

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Golden Rabbitfish

Golden Rabbitfish Siganus guttatus

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Golden Rabbitfish

Scientific name:
Siganus guttatus
Year of description:
Bloch, 1787
IUCN Status:
Least Concern

Not Evaluated


Andaman Sea, Southern Japan, New Guinea and Java


Coral reefs and brackish waters of mangroves and estuaries.


The maximum size of the rabbitfish is 42 cm, with an average size of 25 cm


Algae and marine plants.

Golden Rabbitfish Siganus guttatus

At Nausicaá, rabbitfish feed on spinach, peas as well as Wakame or Nori seaweed.


Rabbitfish are peaceful fish that feed on algae and marine plants. Rabbitfish are an oviparous species and reach sexual maturity between 16.8 cm for males and 18.1 cm for females. This nocturnal fish spawns around midnight.

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Where is the animal to be found?

They are found in the Andaman Sea, southern Japan, New Guinea and Java. They live in coral reefs, as well as in the brackish waters of mangroves and estuaries, at depths of between 1 and 35 m. They usually move around in shoals of 10 to 15 individuals.

How can it be recognised?

The golden rabbitfish gets it names from the shape of its mouth. Their compressed body has venomous dorsal spines that it uses to defend itself.

What is distinctive about it?

Important for the balance of reefs, rabbitfish are among the favourite species of scuba divers who are lucky enough to travel to tropical coral islands. Their grazing activity clears corals of invasive algae.

Golden Rabbitfish Siganus guttatus

Where can I find it at Nausicaá?

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