- "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
|Scientific name||Dendrochirus zebra|
|Family||Scorpaenidae - Scorpion Fish|
|Time of year||April to November|
|Time of day||All day|
|Size||11.7 inches (29.7 cm)|
|Selling price||400 Bells|
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
Donating 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!" —Blathers
The Zebra Turkeyfish can be found in the saltwater aquarium, swimming along the sand.
Donating 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!"
Donating in New Leaf
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
"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."
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!"
|''Their dorsal fin is poisonous, so don't get stung! They are calm fish, and won't scare off easily."|
|''There's poison in those dorsal fins, so don't get stung! These are quite calm."|
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
|Spanish||Pez león||Literally, "lion fish".|
|Italian||Leone Zebrato||Literally "Striped Lion"|