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Zebra turkeyfish
ミノカサゴ Minokasago
#40 #45 #49
Location Price
Ocean, Island 400 Bells
Size Shadow size
11.70 in. (30 cm) Small (WW, CF)
Medium (NL)
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 Flag of France small Poisson Scorpion
Flag of Germany small Rotfeuerfisch
Flag of Spain Pez león
Flag of Italy small Leone zebrato
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! What are you? Make up your mind!" —New Leaf

The zebra turkeyfish (ミノカサゴ, Minokasago?) is a fish that can be found in the ocean during the months of April through to November, at any time of the day. It has a small shadow.

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

Upon donating it to the Museum, Blathers will say;

"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."

Capture quote

"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Gobble gobble OW!" —City Folk
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! No gobbling those spines!" —Wild World

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Zebra turkeyfish (Wild World) "Their dorsal fin is poisonous, so don't get stung! They are calm fish, and won't scare off easily."
Size 11.7 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring to fall
Icon Zebra turkeyfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Zebra Turkeyfish (City Folk)
"There's poison in those dorsal fins, so don't get stung! These are quite calm."
Size About 11.7 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! What are you? Make up your mind!"
Size About 11.7 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

Further information


A Luna Lionfish in real life

The 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.

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