Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fiji's Endemic Fish–Siganus Uspi
Fiji Post Limited proudly to issue a set of four stamps feature their endemic fish, USP Rabbitfish or Siganus Uspi on August 2003.
USP Rabbitfish or Siganus uspi is known under several different names, Fiji Bicolor Foxface Rabbitfish. USP Rabbitfish lives in the Western Pacific and is considered endemic to the waters of Fiji. Occasional specimens have however been found in New Caledonia.
Classified(discovered) and named by Michael J. Gawel after USP (University of the South Pacific). Siganus uspi has not been evaluated for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
USP Rabbitfish is a venomous species. The largest scientifically measured this species was 24.0 cm .
The front two-thirds of the body are of a dark purplish brown shade, while the posterior one-third is yellow. Spines stout, pungent and venomous. Snout slightly shorter and less tubular, less concave above the nostrils. Caudal fin slightly incised.
USP Rabbitfish is an omnivore species and a large portion of its diet consists of seaweed in the wild. Encourage natural algae growth in the aquarium since this makes it possible for the fish to carry outs its natural grazing behavior. This species is for instance known to eat hair algae and caulerpa. Supplement the natural algae growth with algae and algae based foods and fresh vegetables to make sure that your fish gets enough nutrition.
USP Rabbitfish is a reef associated specimen that can be found among hard corals at the faces of drop-offs at reef edges and in deep pools inside reef crests. Juveniles form schools while adult specimens live in pairs.
USP Rabbitfish or The Bicolor Foxface Rabbitfish is an egg-laying species.

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