Fish Species

Leaf Scorpionfish

Leaf Scorpionfish - Description

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!

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

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Leaf Scorpionfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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