Zebra Turkeyfish

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"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! No gobbling those spines!" —Wild World
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Gobble gobble OW!" —City Folk
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! What are you? Make up your mind!" —New Leaf
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Land, air, water-make up your mind!" —New Horizons
Zebra Turkeyfish
Japanese Unknown Korean Unknown Chinese Unknown
French Unknown Italian Unknown Spanish Pez león
German Unknown Dutch Unknown Russian Unknown
Scientific name Dendrochirus zebra
Family Scorpaenidae - Scorpion Fish
Time of year April to November
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 11.7 inches (29.7 cm)
Shadow size Small
Rarity Common
Selling price 400 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

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 anytime of the day. It has a small shadow, about the same size as the horse mackerel.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Donating in Wild World[edit]

"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!"Blathers

The Zebra Turkeyfish can be found in the saltwater aquarium, swimming along the sand.

Donating in City Folk[edit]

"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!"

Donating in New Leaf[edit]

After donating a Zebra Turkeyfish to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and deep sea creatures, specifically in the large tank in the northeastern room of the fish and deep sea creatures area.

"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 turf wars between males. The losing male succumbs to the poison in a matter of days, making these battles life and death."

Donating in New Horizons[edit]

"The sheer brilliance and diversity in the aquatic underworld never ceases to amaze me. This zebra turkeyfish is as stunning to gaze upon as it is deadly. Those spines that are part of its defining physique are chock-full of venom! Fortunately, zebra turkeyfish are not susceptible to another's venom. Though solitary, I imagine they give one another a mean fin bump when passing each other by."

Fishing Tournament[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a zebra turkeyfish:

"If you want a treat, deep fry a zebra turkeyfish! You never tried that? Frying works great for most fish! As for this guy, well, eating it raw dosen't bother me one bit!"

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Zebra Turkeyfish WW.png ''Their dorsal fin is poisonous, so don't get stung! They are calm fish, and won't scare off easily."
  • Size- 11.7 inches (29.7 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring to fall

City Folk[edit]

Zebra Turkeyfish (City Folk).png ''There's poison in those dorsal fins, so don't get stung! These are quite calm."
  • Size- About 11.7 inches (30 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring to fall

Further information[edit]

A real life zebra turkey fish

The zebra turkeyfish, also known as zebra lionfish, can be found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The venomous spines on its back are not used for hunting but instead protection from predators such as large eels, frogfish, groupers, and scorpionfish. Interestingly enough, zebra turkeyfish have no natural predators, and specifically have thirteen spines. Like other lionfish, zebra turkeyfish use their large fins to corner prey and quickly swallow them. They hunt primarily from late afternoon to dawn. Captive specimens can be fed frozen krill. Zebra turkeyfish are quite docile, with most stings a result of an unwary human stepping on one accidentally. Though not lethal, a sting from a zebra turkeyfish can be quite painful.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Pez león Literally, "lion fish".
French Poisson-scorpion Scorpion fish
Italian Leone Zebrato Literally "Striped Lion"