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Goldspotted Rabbitfish - Siganus punctatus - Large

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The Goldspotted Rabbitfish (Siganus punctatus) is one of the most striking rabbitfish species. They have silver bodies that are covered with small orange or brown spots. The dark blotch behind the gill and the orange dots around the iris differentiate this fish from the similar Goldlined Rabbitfish (Siganus guttatus) which has larger spots, no spots around its iris and a bright yellow spot above the tail.

These fish are generally peaceful toward other fish but may be aggressive toward other Rabbitfish and Foxfaces. They are timid by nature and will frighten easily, often taking on a mottled stress coloration. They are reef safe with caution as they may nibble on coral polyps if they are not kept well fed.

Foxfaces and Rabbitfish are primarily herbivorous but may eat some meaty foods if green food is scarce. They need algae and other plant matter to remain healthy and do best on a diet consisting of live and dried algae and supplements of frozen meaty foods. These fish are excellent algae eaters for aquariums large enough to accommodate them.

Foxfaces and Rabbitfish have venomous dorsal and anal spines. These spines are used for defense and protection. They do not use their spines to attack or hunt, and most injuries occur when the aquarist bumps against the spines or is not careful while cleaning the tank or catching the fish.
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Common NameGoldspotted Rabbitfish - Lg.
Scientific NameSiganus punctatus
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)12
Min Tank Size (in gallons)120
Originwestern Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
VenomousYes (spines)
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State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico

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My most favorite fish ever.


I had one in a 120g for over 5 years. He was thriving and healthy at death due to an extended power outage from a hurricane. He would eat dry seaweed from my hand. He also loved frozen mysis shrimp. I measured him after his demise and he was 15 inches (yes, 15") and between 3 and 4 pounds. I estimate he was about 4 inches when I got him. He got along perfectly with all tankmates, but he was the only rabbit. He was kept with a very aggressive emperor angel that was about 8 inches and the 2 got along great. I never witnessed him bother any other fish.