Aquaria Central .....................................Fox-face


Siganus vulpinus
Other names:...........Foxfish
Origin:......................Southwest Pacific
Max size:..................10"
Temperature:...........77-86 F.
Min tank size:..........60 gallons
Food:.........................live foods, meat, flakes, vegetable matter, pellets

The Fox-face is a member of the Spinefeet and Rabbitfish family (Siganidae), which are similar in shape to the surgeon fishes (Acanthuridae), but lack the scalpels on the caudal penduncle. The snout is long, with the mouth at the end of it, hence the name of Fox-face. The body is oval and laterally compressed. The front end of the body is white with two large black areas running up the snout and around the eyes, as well as under the gillcover like a black beard. The back end of the fish is yellow, with a dark spot on the back.

The Fox-face is a peaceful and lively fish that makes a nice addition to the marin aquarium. When upset, it points its dorsal fin toward the attacked, the spines being venomous and painful. This fish doesn't mind bright light and likes a sandy substrate. Fox-Faces will live with other fish in the tank, but are aggressive toward their own kind. These fish swim head-down and are herbivorous.

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