Leaf Scorpionfish

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Description of the Leaf Scorpionfish

The Leaf Scorpionfish is also known as the Sailfin Leaf fish or Paperfish and varies in color. It moults occasionally and will change color after it moults. It is referred to as 'Leaf' or 'Paper' due to the fact it is thin and resembles a leaf or a piece of paper.  It is said to mimic the movement of a leaf, swaying from side to side to fool its predators! The fish has appendages around its mouth, algae attach to this and help it camouflage itself from predators. The Leaf Scorpionfish has venomous spines and can give a nasty sting!

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Leaf Scorpionfish

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Popular Name: Leaf Scorpionfish
Species: Taenianotus triacanthus

Profile of the Leaf Scorpionfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Leaf Scorpionfish species.

  • Size: Up to 25cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 to 8.4

  • Temperament: Solitary fish

  • Habitat: Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 100m

  • Behaviour: Good community fish

  • Range: Indo-Pacific and Red Sea

Scientific Classification of the Leaf Scorpionfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Taenianotus triacanthus

  • Popular Name: Leaf Scorpionfish - Paperfish - Sailfin Leaf fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Scorpaeniformes

  • Family: Scorpaenidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Leaf Scorpionfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!



Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Leaf Scorpionfish slimy?
Leaf Scorpionfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Leaf Scorpionfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Leaf Scorpionfish have gills?
Gills enable the Leaf Scorpionfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Leaf Scorpionfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Leaf Scorpionfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Leaf Scorpionfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Leaf Scorpionfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Leaf Scorpionfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Leaf Scorpionfish

Leaf Scorpionfish

  • Interesting Information about Leaf Scorpionfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Leaf Scorpionfish slimy?

  • Why do the Leaf Scorpionfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Leaf Scorpionfish have fins?

  • Species: Taenianotus triacanthus

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