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Hopping into Easter with Rabbit Fish: 10 egg-citing facts!

  • Sunday 31st March 2024

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As we celebrate Easter, what better opportunity to dive into the underwater world and learn more about a fascinating creature that combines the spirit of Easter with the wonders of marine life - the rabbit fish!

1. Rabbit lookalikes

Rabbit fish are known for their large eyes, nostrils, large head and tooth plates. It’s their head and their snouts that gives them the rabbit-like appearance and earned them this awesome name!

2. Herbivorous diet

Similar to the Easter bunny’s preference for carrots, rabbit fish are also primarily herbivorous. Their diet consists mainly of algae, however some species of rabbit fish eat zooplankton and corals.

3. Hoppy Camouflage

Similar to their namesake, rabbit fish are able to change the colour of their body to blend in with the colours of their environment. For example, at night time their colour changes to brown, making them harder to spot, and less prone to danger.

4. Social Butterflies

Young rabbit fish are often found in groups (known as schools) where they gather and feed. These schools often consist of 2-100 individuals, usually found near coral reefs as they provide an excellent source of food. 

5. Rabbit fish in love

Adult rabbit fish often live in pairs depending on the species, they will typically stay together until one of the partners die. However, some species of rabbit fish have multiple partners.

6. Easter everywhere

Rabbit fish are found in a few different parts of the world including the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Iceland, Morocco and the Mediterranean sea. You're likely to encounter these colourful creatures in a variety of places, bringing a touch of Easter joy to underwater habitats across the globe!

7. Important reef residents 

Grazing on coral means rabbit fish play a crucial role in the ecosystem. They help maintain the balance in the ecosystem by grazing on algae which could otherwise smother the coral reef or hinder it's growth.

Coral reefs play a vital role in our ecosystem.

8. Colourful creatures

Rabbit fish come in a variety of colours depending on their species, Fox face rabbit fish have a vivid yellow colouration with white on their head on the and front of their body. Whereas the marbled spinefoot tends to have a grey/brown upper body with a yellow abdomen.

9. Large numbers

There are around 29 different species of rabbit fish found around the globe. It's believed that several species actively interbreed with one another including the white-spotted spinefoot and the mottled spinefoot. 

10. Venom 

Rabbit fish have a large spine on the front of their dorsal fin, that is mildly venomous. The sting can be extremely painful, with some reports stating it is similar to a bee sting. 


As we celebrate the festivities and traditions of the Easter season, let's also take a moment to appreciate the wonders of the nature, both on land and beneath the waves. 

Happy Easter!

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