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Species Siganus doliatus Cuvier, 1834

Bluelined Rabbitfish, Barred Rabbitfish, Barred Spinefoot, Blue-lined Rabbit-fish, Blue-lined Rabbitfish, Doublebar Spinefoot, Pencil-streaked Spinefoot, Two Barred Rabbitfish


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There is some uncertainty over publication date and authorship of this species. Some authors attribute authorship to Guérin-Méneville (1829), a work published in parts from 1829 to 1844 and it is not clear to us when the relevant part was published. The name appears on plate 35 as Siganus doliatus Cuv., with reference to Cuvier (1829), which only included a description of the genus. The same illustration with the same name appeared also in Cuvier, Griffith & Smith,(1834). The name is available from both works on the figures as an indication. The formal description followed in Valenciennes (1835), but apparently based on different material under the generic name Amphacanthus.. Type material was determined from that work. In that work, Valenciennes indicated that the drawing from Quoy & Gaimard was lent to Guérin-Méneville, suggesting that his publication may predate Cuvier, Griffith & Smith,(1834). In both cases it appears that authorship of the species name should probably be Cuvier.




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Ningaloo Reef, WA (23°00'S) to Moreton Bay, QLD (27°15'S), also Rowley Shoals (17°20'S) and Scott Reef (14°03'S), WA and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S); tropical, west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Province (2), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Northwest Transition (3), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore, marine.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [222]

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [1009]

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and Their Relatives. A comprehensive guide to Acanthuroidei. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp. [167]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [270]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [436]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [436]

Taylor, W.R. 1964. Fishes of Arnhem Land. Records of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land 4: 44-307 figs 1-68 [275] (as Teuthis doliata)

Valenciennes, A. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1835. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 10 482 pp. pls 280-306. [132]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [48] (1448)

Woodland, D.J. 1990. Revision of the fish family Siganidae with descriptions of two new species and comments on distribution and biology. Indo-Pacific Fishes 19: 1-136 figs 1-23, 11 pls [81]

Woodland, D.J. 2001. Siganidae. pp. 3627-3650 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. [3635]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
11-Jun-2013 11-Jun-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)