Significance to humans

Rabbitfishes and surgeonfishes are important in subsistence and artisanal fisheries. The louvar is taken as a minor commercial food fish, as are some of the spadefishes, or bat-fishes. Scats are grown for the live reef food fish trade or taken in subsistence fisheries. Fishes important to the aquarium trade include scats, batfishes, and certain rabbitfishes and sur-geonfishes. The Moorish idol also is collected for aquaria, but they do not do well in captivity.

near shelter but form larger aggregations in estuaries, bays, or open water.

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