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Quick Id question - what kind of fish is this?      6/27/14
<A Siganid. Bob Fenner>

Siganus lineatus   4/8/12
I noticed you didn't have a pic of Siganus lineatus, Golden-lined Spinefoot Rabbitfish. Here's a pic your more than welcome to use. He's a juvenile and will change into an adult phase hopefully soon.
 Thanks for being on the Web!
  Jason Davis
This is mine. Currently in my sump/fuge after eating several colonies of Zoas.
 Short video
<Thank you, will post w/ credit to you. Bob Fenner>

some ID please if you can   1/8/12
How are you guys,
Went to the beach (Pattaya Gulf of Thailand) tonight as it was low tide to look for snails, Hermits and some crabs to add to my Sump and Fuge set up.
Found a lot of life there.
Saw some nice anemones (which I decided not to touch) caught a little octopus but decided to put it back as I don't think it is something for the aquarium.
Also found tons of snails (Nassarius) and crabs what I was looking for Anyway now my son found this one can someone ID this puffer?
Also found some of these fish?? Not sure if they are fit for the aquarium but the wife said to take them grow them and eat them?? She is Thai and gave them some Thai name but would like to find a name and check out what they are?
can anyone help?
Dirk and Noi
<Hi Dirk and Noi. The puffer is a Chelonodon sp., likely Chelonodon patoca or C. laticeps (taxonomy of this genus is a little messed up in my personal opinion... forget about most of the online picture IDs and much of the printed material). The Rabbitfish is likely Siganus canaliculatus
http://www.flickr.com/photos/puffinbytes/5492401605/  and
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4548481776_0b40d288ca.jpg  which is
actually a food fish. Cheers, Marco.>

Foxface ID (Siganus unimaculatus) - 01/23/07 Just a quick question here.  I have a Siganus vulpinus with two black spots, one on either side. <<Hmm, then is not S. vulpinus>> I read in another FAO that this spot depends on geography.  I was just wondering what part of the world my little guy comes from and what part of the world the solid yellow one comes from.  Thanks for you help. Jonathan <<Well Jonathan, what you have is actually a different species of Foxface.  You have Siganus unimaculatus (the "One-Spot" or "Blotched" Foxface) which hails from the Western Pacific: Ryukyu Islands, the Philippines, and the North West Shelf, Western Australia.  This species looks very similar to S. vulpinus, and there is some overlap in their ranges but this species is a bit farther reaching being found in the Western Pacific: western Philippines...as well as Indonesia, New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu (sighting), New Caledonia, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru (sighting) and Kiribati (sighting).  And recently recorded from Tonga (geographic information for both species per FishBase.org).  Do a search on the species name I gave you and see what you think.  Regards, Eric Russell>>

Rabbitfishes Dear Mr. Fenner, I have a couple of questions regarding Rabbitfish. 1) I purchased a Rabbitfish one year ago and can't tell what species it is. After searching WWM and my Burgess Atlas, I am still uncertain whether I own a S doliatus or an S virgatus. Is there some distinguishing feature that I can utilize to determine the difference between those two species of Rabbitfish? <Mmm, the first almost always has yellow bands on the body. S. virgatus has an upper yellow dorsal-rear region, light below: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/rabbitfi.htm If you saw them side by side...> 2) I also have a Lo vulpinus housed in my 125 gallon tank with the Siganus sp. I've read on this site as well as others that this may not be the best situation for the two Rabbitfish. Despite this, they have lived at least nine months together in complete harmony. In fact, along with my Z. desjardinii, the Rabbitfish almost look as if they are schooling together. <Might well be> Aside from five Chromis, these are the only three fish in the tank. Presently, the tang and two Rabbitfish are all approximately four inches. Should I expect more aggressive behavior between the two Rabbitfish as they mature, or should I feel extremely lucky that my two Rabbitfish do not display typical behavior towards one another?  <As they've grown up together there should be no major conflicts between these two> I am interested because if it is likely that there will be aggressive episodes in the future, I want to make arrangements to get rid of one of the Rabbitfish. Thanks for all the help your site has provided! <You are welcome. Bob Fenner>

How did the Foxface come about its name? 8/5/05 Hello Bob. <James> Probably a silly question, but it is one where the common name does not seem to fit the fish very well. Why did they name this fish: Foxface Lo? <The old genus name "Lo" means "rabbit"... and the one species, species name vulpinus, "fox"... in reference to the physiognomy of the fishs face...> Hawaii would be awesome but from lack of vacation (since we both took most of ours already this year) and finances it is just not in the cards'¦ =( Sincerely, James Zimmer <Though it takes some looking into, the original scientific descriptions, namings of biological entities can be sought... and generally make some sort of sense... to the descriptor/s at least. Cheers, Bob Fenner>  

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