Siganus puelloides   Woodland & Randall,  1979 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 20-30 cm.

Color: Head and trunk covered with yellow spots, mostly round on lower sides but joining to form an irregular anastomosing pattern on upper sides; spots larger than interspaces. Areas between spots bluish above grading to silvery below. A dark brown band under chin, terminating at angle of jaws; lips yellow; a diagonal, diffuse, dark brown patch around eye containing 3 to 5 small black spots just above, and 2 or 3 just below, orbit. Pelvic fins silvery; rays and spines of other fins yellow-orange, their membranes blue to dusky.

Body compressed, not particularly deep, its depth contained 2.2 to 2.4 times in standard length. Anterior profile wedge-shaped, more or less symmetrical about its midline; snout slightly protuberant; anterior nostril with a small flange, produced into a very short peak posteriorly. A forward-directed spine present in front of dorsal fin; longest dorsal spine the 6th or 7th, but only slightly longer than (1.1 to 1.2 times) the last; longest anal spine the 4th or last, these spines more or less subequal,; soft part of dorsal and anal fins high, longest dorsal ray 1.1 to 1.4 times the length of longest dorsal spine; caudal fin prominently forked, the tips of its lobes acutely pointed. Scales minute; cheeks completely covered with fine scales; about 20 scale rows between lateral line and bases of leading dorsal fin spines.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Rabbitfish (English)
• Blackeye Rabbitfish (English)
• Black Eyed Spinefoot (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Plants, zoobenthos, sponges, benthic algae/weeds, ascidians


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Devi, K and Rao, DV (2003) Poisonous and venomous fishes of Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 211 Records of The Zoolgical Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 25934 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at -
  • Devi, K and Rao, DV (2003) A field guide to the fishes of Acanthuridae (surgeonfishes) and Siganidae (rabbitfishes) of Andaman and Nicobar Islands 42 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Rao, DV and Devi, Kamlahttp:// (1996) Notes on rabbit fishes (Family: Siganidae) of Andaman and Nicobar islands Journal of Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Central Agricultural Research Institute, Andaman, India 12 (1-2) 84-88 Available at - NIO, Goa

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