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Zebra Turkeyfish
Scientific Name
Dendrochirus zebra
Scorpaenidae - Scorpion Fish
Time of Year
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
400 Bells

The Zebra TurkeyfishDendrochirus zebra, is a fairly common oceanic fish that can be caught all day between the months of April and November. It can be sold for 400 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide 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."

In real life


The Zebra Turkeyfish or Zebra Lionfish, is a carnivorous ray-finned fish that lives in the Indian and western Pacific oceans. It has thirteen venomous spines along its back used to defend itself, and can reach a maximum length of 24 cm. These fish are slow-moving and peaceful, but can be dangerous. They have a habit of resting in places hidden from light such as under a rock or a piece of coral. All lionfish are immune to each other’s poison and all are solitary fish. Despite their obvious advantage, Zebra Lionfish feed only on small crustaceans, and are in turn preyed upon by groupers.