Masked Spinefoot, Siganus puellus

The masked spinefoot, also called a decorated rabbitfish or masked rabbitfish, lives in shallow coral rich lagoons, and seaward reefs of the Indo-West Pacific, at depths of 10 to 100 feet.

The body of the masked spinefoot is a yellow-orange that gradients into a pale blue or white belly. It also has vertical blue lines toward the head and horizontal lines near the tail. A black stripe extends from the bottom of the mouth and runs through the eye. Above the eye the stripe turns to dark spots. The spines of this species are venomous and should be handled with care. The masked spinefoot will grow to about 11 inches in length.

The main diet of this fish is filamentous algae as a juvenile; algae, tunicates and sponges as an adult.

The masked spinefoot is an egg layer and spawns in pairs.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Siganidae

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