Scientific Name
Siganus vermiculatus  
Siganus vermiculatus蠕紋臭肚魚
by: ©Randall, John E.
Author (Valenciennes, 1835) Depth 1 - 30M
Chinese 蠕紋臭肚魚 Poisonous Fish Yes 
Family_Chinese 臭肚魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F467 Siganidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 蠕紋籃子魚 
Max Length 45 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 臭肚、象魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Coral、Coastal、Lagoon  Holotype Locality New Guinea 
Synonyms Amphacanthus russelii, Amphacanthus vermiculatus, Siganus shortlandensis, Teuthis argentea, Teuthis vermiculata, Teuthis vermiculatus   
Reference Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.6(FAO, 2001)  Cuvier, G. etc. 1835 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List
Common Name Vermiculate rabbitfish; Vermiculated spinefoot; Spinefoot; Vermiculated rabbitfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal-fin rays XIII,10 ; anal-fin rays VII,9; pectoral-fin rays16-17. Body moderately deep, 1.8-2.2 in standard length; dorsal ofile of head steep and straight above mouth to in front of eye, then curving slightly to a more sloping straight section for rest of head; snout 1.9-2.1 in head; caudal fin slightly forked; bluish white with a very irregular vermiculate pattern of dark yellowish brown bands on body except ventrally where spotted with brown; head with a similar pattern but less marked, the bands narrower; caudal fin with small dark brown spots.
habitats Ocurs in shallow brackish areas, usually in small groups. Eggs demersal and adhesive, laid on sand bottom; the young feeds on lgae from rock, mangrove roots or seagrass. Sexual maturity attained in one year. 
Distribution Fiji and the Caroline Island to India. Taiwan: South.  
Utility Commercial fisheries species.