Tripodfishes


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Tripodfishes or triplespines are members of the Triacanthidae family. They are distributed in the Indo-Pacific region. They inhabit shallow waters, occurring usually on flat, sandy or weed-covered bottoms. The tripodfishes are recognized by their 5 visible dorsal spines, one rudimentary dorsal spine and only a large spine (no visible rays) as the pelvic fins. They also have a deeply forked caudal fin that separate them from the spikefishes (Triacanthodidae).

Tripodfishes feed on a wide variety of benthic invertebrates.

There are 4 genera and about 7 species of Triacanthidae worldwide. Malaysia has all 4 genera and 6 species.


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Scientific Name: Triacanthus nieuhofi  Bleeker, 1852
English Name: Silver Tripodfish
Local Malay Name: Ikan Lembu Perak, Tunjak Langit, Cagak Langit, Ikan Helicopter
Size: Maximum total length 28 cm.






Scientific Name: Tripodichthys blochii (Bleeker, 1852)
English Name: Long-tail Tripodfish
Local Malay Name: Ikan Lembu Ramping, Tunjak Langit, Cagak Langit, Ikan Helicopter
Size: Maximum total length 15 cm.