Image: Black Rabbitfish, Siganus fuscescens

Black Rabbitfish, Siganus fuscescens

A 27 cm long Black Rabbitfish caught on hook and line using weed bait, at a depth of 6 m, Coffs Harbour Marina, New South Wales, 22 September 2010.

Justin McKenzie
© Justin McKenzie


In Australia, the official standard name for the species is Black Rabbitfish. It  has been called many common names including Black Spinefoot, Black Trevally, Blue-spotted Trevally, Dusky Rabbitfish, Fuscous Rabbitfish, Happy Moments, Mi Mi, Mottled Spinefoot, Pearl-spotted Spinefoot, Pearly-spotted Rabbitfish, Pin-spotted Spinefoot, Stinging Bream and West Australian Rabbitfish.

In Australia, the species occurs from south-western Western Australia, all the way around the tropical north of the country and south on the east coast to southern New South Wales.

Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Siganidae, Black Rabbitfish, Siganus fuscescens, black, grey, 'normal fish', deep-bodied, 10 cm - 30 cm, blotches/mottled, marine, adult,


Mark McGrouther - 8.12 AM, 19 December 2011

Hi Eadsie65.  Thank you for reporting your catch of this species off Bass Point.   That was certainly a decent-sized fish from shallow water.

Eadsie65 - 10.12 PM, 14 December 2011
Caught & release one off Bass Point (20/11/2012, 11:35am), approx 2-3m of water by line. Could not be identified so photgraphed and released. Fish was probably 40cm+ and caught on a pippy lightly weighted around rock.
Mark McGrouther - 9.02 AM, 07 February 2011

Hi Tarmon, Thanks for letting me know about the fish and for providing more information following on from your comment on the Fishes of Sydney Harbour page.

Tarmon - 8.02 PM, 02 February 2011
One was just identified from Collaroy in Sydney.

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