seen? This gaily spotted fish is sometimes seen on on our
Northern shores, among coral rubble. Sadly, often encountered trapped
in driftnets. It is said to be found in turbid reefs near mangroves
and appears to prefer places with lower salinity. Young fishes settle
in seagrass beds near river mouths while adults leave and enter rivers
with the tides. Adults travel in groups of 10-15. Unlike other rabbitfishes,
this species is said to be active at night.
Features: To about 40cm, those
seen about 15-20cm. It is distinguished by the spotted pattern and
large golden spot below the dorsal fin near the tail which is about
the same diameter as the eye. The upper body is dusky blue, and lower
body silvery. The head has lines and spots. It has stout, venomous
|Painful sting! The rabbitfish has spines on its fins
that are grooved and contain venom glands. These spines may be found
on the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. The sting of these spines can
be quite painful to humans, but is generally not fatal. The fishes
use their spines in self-defence and not for hunting prey.
How to stay safe: Wear covered shoes. Don't handle rabbitfishes.
What does it eat? It eats algae
that grows on the sea bottom.
Human uses: Sold fresh in some places as food.
spot near the tail.
Chek Jawa, Aug 02
Tanah Merah, May 10
rabbitfishes on Singapore shores
Tanah Merah, May 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.