|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Vertebrata|
This family of herbivorous fishes are frequently caught for food. One species, locally called the "Pei Tor", S. canaliculatus, is reputed to bring good fortune to Chinese who eat it during the Lunar New Year when its breeding season is at its peak. The roe (eggs) is especially favoured. Rabbitfish can inflict painful stings if improperly handled as they have venom glands associated with their dorsal, pectoral and anal spines. (Length averages 12-15cm).
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre