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Taenianotus triacanthus Lacépède, 1802
Paper Fish; Paperfish; Three-spined Scorpionfish

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Taenianotus triacanthus
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Taenianotus triacanthus

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Taenianotus triacanthus
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Taenianotus triacanthus

Main identification features Body deep, highly compressed; head deep; mouth oblique; dorsal fin sail-like, XII spines, second 2-3 highest, 10-11 rays, last ray partly attached to tail; anal III, 5-6; pectoral a large fan, 14-15; scales in form of small, spiny papillae; no spines before eye.

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.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 135 m.
Depth Range Min: 5 m.
Diet: bony fishes; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-90; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=3.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: All Pacific (West + Central + East); Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans); TEP non-endemic; "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All species.
Habitat: Corals; Macroalgae; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 10 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; Eastern Pacific non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Vagrant.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Lacepède, B. G. E., 1802., Histoire naturelle des poissons., Histoire Naturelle Des Poissons, 4:i-xliv + 1-728.
  • McCosker , J.E. and Rosenblatt, R.H., 1985., The inshore fish fauna of the Galápagos Islands. In Key Environments-Galápagos, ed. R. Perry., Pergamon Press:133-144.
  • McCosker, J.E., 1987., The fishes of the Galapagos Islands., Oceanus, 30:28-32.


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