The unique yellow, black and white coloration, as well as the elongated snout and concave head profile, are distinctive features of this fish species.
  • Size

    Up to 9.8 inches (25 cm)
  • Diet

  • Range

    Western Pacific Ocean
  • Habitat

    Coral-rich areas of lagoons and seaward reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • 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.

Animal Fact

Foxface rabbitfish are venomous and capable of delivering a painful sting.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of algae growing on the bases of branching coral.

Range / Habitat

  • 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).

Reproduction & Growth

  • 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.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Venomous and capable of giving a painful sting.
  • Can be territorial.


  • Surgeonfishes Rabbitfishes. Debelius, Helmut and Kuiter, Rudie H., pg. 176
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