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|Ocean, Island||400 Bells|
|11.70 in. (30 cm)|| Small (WW, CF)|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|April to November||All day|
|Scientific name||Dendrochirus zebra|
|Family||Scorpaenidae - Scorpion Fish|
|Appearances||WW, CF, NL|
|Rarity||Fairly Common (★★)|
|Regional names|| Poisson Scorpion |
- "I caught a zebra turkeyfish! What are you? Make up your mind!" —New Leaf
Donating to the Museum
In Wild World
I won't tell you it's utterly impossible to eat a zebra turkeyfish, but I really wouldn't recommend it, to be honest. If you insist though, you know my philosophy: batter, batter and more batter!
In City Folk
"As its flashy coloration suggests, the zebra turkeyfish is poisonous. In other words, it's trying to tell you, "Touch me and you're sure to be right sorry, my fine friend!" Its slow, deliberate swimming style also suggests that this is one fish not to mess with!"
It can be found in the tank at the back of the aquarium, with the other ocean fish.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.
"Zebra turkeyfish have long, beautiful fins that flow like gowns as they swim through the sea. However, these aquatic beauties pack a punch, as their fins are filled with poisonous spikes. Aside from protection against predators, this poison comes in handy for turn wars between males. The losing male succumbs to the poison in a matter of days, making these battles life and death."
- "I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Gobble gobble OW!" —City Folk
- "I caught a zebra turkeyfish! No gobbling those spines!" —Wild World
| "Their dorsal fin is poisonous, so don't get stung! They are calm fish, and won't scare off easily."|
|Season||Spring to fall|
Further informationThe Luna Lionfish, also known as the Japanese Lionfish is a small fish. It is not really the species known as the zebra turkey fish. It is known as Minokasago in Japan and is found in the indo-pacific region, east Asia and up to north Australia, Queensland and New Caledonia. It is harvested as a food source by fishermen who remove the toxic spines. They are found in rocky and open substrates with remote outcrops of reef or soft-bottom substrates at moderate depths.