SizeUp to 9.8 inches (25 cm)
RangeWestern Pacific Ocean
HabitatCoral-rich areas of lagoons and seaward reefs
- Distinctive shape and coloration. It has an elongated snout and concave head profile.
- Adults have a diagonal black band from the base of the dorsal (top) fin through the eye to the mouth. The breast is covered by a large black triangle. The posterior portion of the body and fins are bright yellow.
- Can grow to 9.8 inches (25 cm) in length.
- The anal fin has seven spines, more than most other bony fishes.
Foxface rabbitfish are venomous and capable of delivering a painful sting.
- Diet consists of algae growing on the bases of branching coral.
- Occurs widely throughout the Western Pacific from the western Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru to Kiribati.
- Found in coral-rich areas of lagoons and seaward reefs to depths of about 30 feet (9 m).
- By the time an individual reaches 4 inches (10 cm) in length, it will pair up with another individual. These pairs are believed to mate for life.
- Adults are typically seen in pairs while juveniles tend to form schools and seek shelter in coral.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Venomous and capable of giving a painful sting.
- Can be territorial.
- Surgeonfishes Rabbitfishes. Debelius, Helmut and Kuiter, Rudie H., pg. 176