Rabbitfish Characteristic, Size, Venom, Sting

By | January 12, 2019
Rabbitfishes are perciform fishes which are also known as spinefoot belongs to the family Siganidae. There are 29 species related to one Siganus Genus. The fish species usually found in the shallow water of Indo-Pacific. These fish are crucial food fish that used to prepare the dishes like bagoong. These fish species are considered as venomous. Check out most searched queries about Rabbitfish here.

About Rabbitfish

This fish species have large, dark eyes. The mouth of the fish is almost resembled rabbit and gets its name as Rabbitfish. The fish species have either bright colors or complex pattern on their body. The largest fish is yet found have the maximum size of about 53 cm, but now, the average size of most of the species reaches only up to 25-35 cm. There is another interesting feature in the fish is rabbitfish’s pelvic fins formed from two spines with three soft rays between them. The fish has dorsal fins with 13 spines along with 10 rays behind while the anal fin has seven spines and nine rays behind. The spines of the fish consists well-developed venom glands that produce venom while sting. The Rabbitfish sting is considered very painful but it is not harmful to healthy adults.
Rabbitfish Venom

Rabbitfish Size

The maximum size individual rabbitfish is found of approximately 53 cm yet. The average rabbitfish size is found up to 25-35 cm only. The growth of the fish in the wild increases more as compared to captivity. The most common size of the rabbitfish found less than eight inches across their habitat region.

Rabbitfish Scientific name

The fish species is also known as the spine foot. The rabbitfish scientific name is Siganidae. The fish has unique appearance and color pattern by which these by easily identify in the water.


Rabbitfish Venom

The fish has the spiny fins which are equipped with venomous glands. This venom helps them from predators and other dangers as well. These are able to knock out their predators with the help of their venom and get time to escape. The venom of these fish can be harmful to the children while the rabbitfish venom is not much effect on a healthy adult human.

Rabbitfish Predators

The rabbitfish can keep with the aggressive fish species in one tank. The other aggressive fish will not attack this fish because these have venomous dorsal spines. If other fish try to attack, the venom of the fish able to knock out them and they will not make any other try to attack this fish. This species cannot be housed with peaceful fish species. It can be dangerous for the peaceful fish species.

Rabbitfish Diet

Rabbitfish are omnivorous fish species that mostly eat algae and zooplankton. Apart from this, the fish diet also comprises shrimp, dried seaweed and crustaceans. While having this fish in captivity, it should feed with the good quality of flakes food. The diet of the fish should be varied in every two or three weeks otherwise, the fish will fade up with the regular diet and starting to refuse the food. The fish can feed two or more times in a day in a small quantity of diet instead of one time. It prevents overfeeding and gives the fish time to digest the diet properly.
 Rabbitfish diet

Rabbitfish in Tagalog

Rabbitfish is generally known by spine foot. But in the Philippines, it has different local names Samaral, Danggit, Kitong (Cebuano), Alama, and Barangan (Tagalog). It is commercially caught in the country to complete food source. The fish conservation status is considered ‘Least Concern’ by IUCN Red list of threatened species.

Rabbitfish Sting

The Rabbitfish is really painful and only the peoples know who stung by rabbitfish. The fish have the venom glands by which it produces the venom. The sting is not harmful to the healthy adult but it can make sick or ill unhealthy peoples and kids.

Rabbitfish Sting Treatment

If accidentally, the rabbitfish stung you, don’t be worried. It can be painful. Wash the stung area with the warm water for a while.  Now, the pain may lower down. If you see any allergic reaction due to sting then contact the physician to get on time treatment. 
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