scribbled rabbitfish

Scientific name Siganus spinus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Siganidae
Genus Siganus
Siganus spinus Siganus spinus


Siganus spinus, commonly known as scribbled rabbitfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    28 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    28 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the scribbled rabbitfish ?

The scribbled rabbitfish measures between 18 and 28 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly beige and gris body. The also has mottling.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The scribbled rabbitfish is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is herbivorous .

Although the scribbled rabbitfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The scribbled rabbitfish is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 50 m

Biotope presentation

The scribbled rabbitfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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