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Shortfin turkeyfish

Shortfin turkeyfish


LatinDendrochirus brachypterus
Size17 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans
HabitatLagoons and reefs

Least concern

LocationThe Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean

Warning colours

With its beautiful red-brown and white colouration, the red lionfish warns potential predators that it is poisonous. And if they come too close, the red lionfish defends itself with its long, venomous spines.

Uses its fins as a net

The red lionfish hunts for food in the coral reef. It corners its prey with its long pectoral fins and sucks it in by sliding its jaws forward.