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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Siganus punctatus
      Max. size: 40.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 1 - 40 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: fringe of the eastern sector of the Indian Ocean, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, Philippines, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands, Ogasawara Islands, Mariana Islands, Palau (Belau), Caroline Islands, Kapingamarangi Islands, Nauru and Niue. The species is replaced by its sibling, Siganus stellatus, in the Andaman Sea and regions which are located further west.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 7; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 13. Color pattern changes with age; iris silver with 8-10 orange spots. Juveniles with a deep brown patch straddling the lateral line; the spot becoming obscured with increase in size. Stout, venomous spines not so pungent. Preopercular angle 87°-105°. Strong scales fully cover the cheeks. Midline of thorax scaled but not pelvic ridges.
      Biology: Occurs in clear lagoons and seaward reefs. Juveniles live in schools of up to about 50 fish with pairing commencing as small as 15 cm, but fish may still be schooling at 22 cm SL; older fish live in pairs. Feeds on benthic algae
      Aqaurium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 82°F (24 - 28°C) and feeds upon algae and benthic invertebrate. Even though an omnivore, they are excellent herbivores and require a large amount of vegetable matter in their diet. In fact, they are one of the better hair alga consumers. Requires a varied diet made up of mostly vegetable matter, especially some Spirulina flake and some nori (dried seaweed/kelp). Should receive at least several feedings per day. They are easy to feed, none aggressive, and resistant to poor water quality. Keep in mind they have venomous dorsal and anal fins, similar to lionfish, and care must be taken in their handling. Not safe with some soft corals, such as Xenia. One per tank unless a mated pair.
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