Siganus magnificus (Burgess, 1977)
Magnificent rabbitfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Siganidae (Rabbitfishes)
Max. size:  24 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 30 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Thailand, including the Similan Islands to Java, Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 7-7; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 23-23. Ocular band dark chocolate brown to black; a broad white arc running from isthmus and thorax to bases of 2nd - 4th dorsal spines; posterior to white band, body brown or gray dorsally, whitish below. Spines stout, not very pungent and venomous. Preopercular angle 120°; strong overlapping scales cover cheeks, 8 or 9 rows deep below center of orbit; midline of thorax fully scaled. Opening of anterior nostril borne on a very short tube which is taller posteriorly.
Biology:  Inhabits coral reefs and feeds on algae and small invertebrates. Adults occur in pairs, juveniles secretive in corals (Ref. 48637). Sometimes solitary (Ref. 90102). Maximum depth from Ref. 027115.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 23.08.91
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 24.06.16

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