Species name: White-spotted Spinefoot
Scientific name: Siganus canaliculatus
Locally known as: Safi Arabi
Description: White spotted Spinefoots are reef-associated fish found in tropical waters. They are usually grey-coloured, and are actually named for the small white spots across their bodies.
IUCN status: Least Concern
Key threats: Overfishing
Where they're found today: Safi are found within theIndo-West Pacific, inhabiting rocky shores and coral dominated areas
Abu Dhabi’s efforts: The safi is an over-exploited species in the UAE.In recognition of this, EAD with its partner the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, has implemented management measures to enable the species to return to sustainable levels. These include the gargoor ban, a ban on fishing during spawning season and a minimum size for catch.
Fun Facts :
- They have venomous spines which can inflict extremely painful injuries but not deadly.
- Adult female white spotted spinefoots can lay nearly 1 million eggs in one spawning session.