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The zebra turkeyfish (Pterois lunulata) 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.

Capture quotes

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

「ミノカサゴを 釣り上げた!ヒレに毒があるから 触るとキケン!」 —New Horizons

"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! The poisonous fins make it dangerous to touch!" (translation)


Game data

In older games
Game Name Price Location Shadow Time Months #
WW
Zebra turkeyfish 400 Sea Small All day April - November 40
CF
Zebra turkeyfish 400 Sea Small All day April - November 45
NL
Zebra turkeyfish 400 Sea, Island Medium All day April - November 49

Donation 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."

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"The sheer brilliance and diversity found in the aquatic underworld never cease 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."

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Fish
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

Fish
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

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

New Horizons

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Nh-zebra-turkeyfish
"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Land, air, water--make up your mind!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) April through November
Months active (south) October through May


Further information

Lunalionfish

A Luna Lionfish in real life

Main article: Luna lionfish on Wikipedia

The luna lionfish (Pterois lunulata), also known as the Japanese lionfish is a small fish. It is not really the species known as the zebra turkeyfish. 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.

In other languages

Zebra turkeyfish
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ミノカサゴ Minokasago
Flag of France small French Poisson scorpion
Flag of Spain Spanish Pez león
Flag of Germany small German Rotfeuerfisch
Flag of Italy small Italian Leone zebrato
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Koraalduivel
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Крылатка Krylatka
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 狮子鱼/獅子魚 Shīziyú
Flag of South Korea Korean 쏨뱅이 Ssombaengi



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