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

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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Silver Tripodfish, Triacanthus nieuhofii Bleeker 1852

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Silver Tripodfish, Triacanthus nieuhofii Bleeker 1852


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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. 

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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

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CAAB Code:37464009

Depth:0-200 m

Max Size:28 cm TL

Max Size:Sandy, muddy bottoms

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