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rabbitfish, Chimaera monstrosa(noun)
large European chimaera
Any of the species of fish in taxonomic family Siganidae, divided into the genera Siganus and Lo. Found in shallow lagoons in the Indo-Pacific and eastern Mediterranean they are diurnal and feed on algae in the wild.
Rabbitfishes or spinefoots are perciform fishes in the family Siganidae. The 28 species are in a single genus, Siganus. In some now obsolete classifications, the species having prominent face stripes—colloquially called foxfaces–are in the genus Lo. Other species like the Masked Spinefoot show a reduced form of the stripe pattern. Rabbitfishes are native to shallow waters in the Indo-Pacific, but S. luridus and S. rivulatus have become established in the eastern Mediterranean via Lessepsian migration. It can be used in the preparation of bagoong.
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