Scientific Name
Siganus virgatus  
Siganus virgatus藍帶臭肚魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Valenciennes, 1835) Depth 5 - 20M
Chinese 藍帶臭肚魚 Poisonous Fish Yes 
Family_Chinese 臭肚魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F467 Siganidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 藍帶籃子魚 
Max Length 30 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 臭肚、象魚、象耳(澎湖)、臭肚仔(澎湖)、羊矮仔(澎湖)、盧矮仔(澎湖) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、PonFu、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Estuary、Coastal、Lagoon  Holotype Locality Java 
Synonyms Amphacanthus canaliculatus, Amphacanthus notostictus, Amphacanthus virgatus, Siganus notostictus, Siganus virgata, Teuthis canaliculata, Teuthis doliata, Teuthis notosticta, Teuthis virgata, Theutis virgata   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.6(FAO, 2001)  Cuvier, G. etc. 1835 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0057534. ASIZP0060506. ASIZP0070765. ASIZP0802585. ASIZP0802630. ASIZP0805876. ASIZP0912585. ASIZP0915876. FRIP22115. NMMSTP01005.  
Barcode2015-10-23,Chia-Hao Chang,CO1,%
Common Name Spinefoot; Virgate rabbitfish; Double barred spinefoot; Barhead spinefoot; Double-barred spinefoot 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal-fin rays XIII,10 ; anal-fin rays VII,9; pectoral-fin rays16-17.A brown band running diagonally from nape to chin; another from 4th-5th dorsal spine base to pectoral fin base; ocular and houlder bands spotted with blue; a zone of silvery yellow posterior and adjacent to the shoulder band. Preopercular angle 100°-111°; cheek scalation variable from few to almost fully scaled; midline of thorax fully scaled, sometimes with a row missing from pelvic ridges. A prominent rim or short tube encircle the anterior nostril, with a little peak on it posteriorly. Spines stout, fairly pungent and venomous.
habitats Inhabits shallow coastal waters, around hard coral reefs and areas of sand with patches of rock and soft coral. Tolerant of murky waters and is reported to enter freshwater. Larger juveniles and adults occur in pairs. Feeds on benthic seaweeds. 
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: southern India, Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Thailand, southern and eastern coasts of China, Taiwan, Ryukyu, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Northern Territory in Australia. Taiwan: South.  
Utility Commercial fisheries and aquarium species.