Japanese Pineapplefish, Monocentris japonica (Houttuyn 1782)


Other Names: Japanese Pineapple-fish, Pineconefish

A Japanese Pineapplefish, Monocentris japonica, at Numazu-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Source: Nemo's Great Uncle / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
Body yellow, armoured in huge sculptured scales each outlined in black, lower jaw black with a light organ on each side of the chin, and large robust dorsal and pelvic-fin spines.

Video of a Japanese Pineapplefish.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Monocentris japonica in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Oct 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3730

Japanese Pineapplefish, Monocentris japonica (Houttuyn 1782)

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Distribution

Widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from the Red Sea and South Africa, to Indonesia, Southern Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Nocturnal, sheltering in caves and under ledges during the day.

Similar Species

Differs from the Australian Pineapplefish, Cleidopus gloriamaris, in having the light organ positioned near the tip of the lower jaw (vs on the sides in Cleidopus), a more pointed snout and a narrow preorbital bone.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37259002

Behaviour:Nocturnal

Biology:Bioluminescent

Depth:10-200 m

Fishing:In public aquaria

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:17 cm TL

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