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Species: Taenianotus triacanthus, Leaf scorpionfish

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very compressed deep
D XII, sail-like, high at front



Taenianotus triacanthus Lacepède, 1802

Leaf scorpionfish

Head and body deep, highly compressed; no spines under eye; mouth oblique; one dorsal fin, its origin over rear edge of eye, fin high and sail-like, with XII spines, second 2-3 highest, almost no notch between spines and rays, 10-11 rays, last ray attached to inner half of top of tail fin; scales in form of small, spiny papillae; pectorals a large fan; anal III, 6; tail fin rounded; lateral line continuous.

Variously mottled with tan, yellow, cream, red, brown, black.

Size: 10 cm.

Habitat: demersal, sand, rock, coral and algal bottoms.

Depth: 5-135 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Corals
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • TEP non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 135