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"I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Land, air, water-make up your mind!" —New Horizons

The zebra turkeyfish 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 #
Zebra turkeyfish 400 Sea Small All day April - November 40
Zebra turkeyfish 400 Sea Small All day April - November 45
Zebra turkeyfish 400 Sea, Island Medium All day April - November 49

In PC, the zebra turkeyfish can be found in Saltwater Shores and its price is 100 Bells.

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[]

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[]

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[]

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

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-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[]


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 Translation
Japan Japanese ミノカサゴ Minokasago -
France French Poisson scorpion -
Spain Spanish Pez león -
Germany German Rotfeuerfisch -
Italy Italian Leone zebrato -
The Netherlands Dutch Koraalduivel -
Russia Russian Крылатка Krylatka -
China Chinese 狮子鱼/獅子魚 Shīziyú -
South Korea Korean 쏨뱅이 Ssombaengi -

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