Silver Tripodfish, Triacanthus nieuhofii Bleeker 1852


Other Names: Tripodfish

A Silver Tripodfish, Triacanthus nieuhofii. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

Summary:
Pale silvery-brown above becoming silvery-white below, with several irregular yellow blotches on the midside, a large blackish blotch on the spinous dorsal fin, a white first dorsal-fin spine, and a whitish caudal fin with yellow lines.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Triacanthus nieuhofii in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4196

Silver Tripodfish, Triacanthus nieuhofii Bleeker 1852

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Distribution

Northwestern Australia, from Broome to the Admiralty Gulf, Western Australia, and possibly in the Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific, from India to north western Australia. Inhabits sandy or muddy areas.

Features

Dorsal fin VI + 22-26; Anal fin 18-21; Pectoral fin 14-16.  Pelvis not distinctly tapered to a point posteriorly. Dorsal profile of head somewhat convex in front of first dorsal-fin spine; pelvis not tapering to a distinct point.

Colour

Pale silvery-brown above becoming silvery-white below, with several irregular dark yellow blotches on midside; large blackish blotch between first and second dorsal-fin spines becoming slightly lighter between the second and third spines; first dorsal-fin spine white; soft dorsal, anal, and pectoral fins pale; caudal fin whitish with yellow lines.

Feeding

Feeds on benthic invertebrates.

Species Citation

Triacanthus nieuhofii Bleeker 1852, Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch 24(11): 26, Pl. 4 (fig. 9). Type locality: Siboga, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Silver Tripodfish, Triacanthus nieuhofii Bleeker 1852

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Beaunier, M., Desoutter-Meniger, M. & Pruvost, P. 2008. Révision critique d'un catalogue des types de poissons du Muséum national d'Historie naturelle. Familles des Triacanthidae, Balistidae et Monacanthidae. Cybium 32(4): 285-308.

Bleeker, P. 1851. Bijdrage tot de kennis der Balistini en Ostraciones van den Indischen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 24(11): 1-36 + 37-38, Pls. 1-7 Ref at BHL

Bleeker, P. 1852. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van het eiland Banka. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 3: 443-460 Ref at BHL

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp.

Matsuura, K. 2001. Triacanthodidae, Triacanthidae, Balistidae. pp. 3902-3928 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Tyler, J.C. 1968. A monograph on plectognath fishes of the superfamily Triacanthoidea. Monographs of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 16: 1-364 figs 1-209

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37464009

Depth:0-200 m

Max Size:28 cm TL

Max Size:Sandy, muddy bottoms

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