Siganus fuscescens (Houttuyn, 1782)

Siganus fuscescens
Siganus fuscescens
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 4 March 2016
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Siganus fuscescens
Siganus fuscescens
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Common name: Black Rabbitfish
Distribution:

Abundant throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Western Pacific region, north to southern China and southern Japan, south to New Caledonia and Australia. In Australia recorded from around Perth in Western Australia, across the tropical north including the Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland south to eastern Victoria, and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents estuaries, offshore reefs and islands, areas of algal flats and seagrass. Depth from 1 to at least 50m.

Additional Notes:

Juveniles feed on filamentous algae, adults on seagrass and leafy alga. Often seen in company of schools of Australia Sawtail, Prionurus microlepidotus. Has venomous spines, grows to 40cm.