First Record of Streaked Rabbitfish Siganus Javus (L., 1766) from the Iraqi Marine Waters, with Re Description of White-Spotted Rabbitfish Siganus Canaliculatus (Park, 1797)

  • Abbas J. Al-Faisal Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
  • Ahmed CH. Al-Shamary Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
  • Usamah H. Yousif College of Science, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
  • Kadhim H. Younis Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
Keywords: new record, fish, Siganidae, Iraq

Abstract

Two Siganid fishes were described in the current study, the first one is Siganus javus (Linnaeus, 1766) as a new record and the other Siganus canaliculatus (Park, 1797), which was collected from the Iraqi marine waters. The samples were collected during December 2018. Streaked rabbitfish S. javus is diagnosed by a deep body, 54.01% in standard length, depth  of caudal peduncle, 7.27%, total gill rakers 19 and silvery blue undulating lines on mid and lower sides of the body. Whereas the body depth of White-spotted rabbitfish S. canaliculatus was 39.08-42.66%, Caudal peduncle depth ranged from 5.21 to 5.66%, total gill rakers ranged from 22 to 24 and it  is distinguished by a numerous pearly blue to whitish spots on the nape and trunk.

Published
2019-10-27
How to Cite
Al-Faisal, A. J., Al-Shamary, A. C., Yousif, U. H., & Younis, K. H. (2019). First Record of Streaked Rabbitfish Siganus Javus (L., 1766) from the Iraqi Marine Waters, with Re Description of White-Spotted Rabbitfish Siganus Canaliculatus (Park, 1797). Iraqi Journal of Science, 60(10), 2123-2128. https://doi.org/10.24996/ijs.2019.60.10.3
Section
Biology