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Scientists document rabbitfish eating corals

By Leonard Ho - Posted
Chalk another one up to hobbyist knowing something before the scientific community does. Scientists in Taiwan observed Siganus fuscescens rabbitfish aggressively consuming soft corals. This observation is contrary to the general classification of rabbitfish as herbivores, although reefkeepers have long known rabbitfish can sometimes ravenously eat coral.

In all fairness to the scientific community, just because an animal behaves a certain way in captivity does not necessarily mean it does so in the wild.  In other words, we can't assume rabbitfish eat corals in the wild just because they sometimes eat corals in aquariums.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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