Siganus punctatus

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Siganus punctatus
Siganus punctatus, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Siganus punctatus
Siganus punctatus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Siganus punctatus
Siganus punctatus, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Siganus punctatus
Siganus punctatus
Siganus punctatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dense covering of yellow spots, larger than in S. punctatissimus (Finespotted Rabbitfish) ). Often with very narrow light rear margin on tail.


Max Size: 40 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.4-31.3°C

Depth: 1-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 7.7

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (10.6% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland