As the name suggests, twospot turkeyfish have two obvious dark spots, ringed in white, mark the dorsal fin, just behind the dorsal spines. These may act as eyespots, and confuse potential predators. This venomous fish is rare, with sightings made even more rare as it is nocturnal and will often hide through the day in caves or even large sponges.
  • Size

    Up to 5.1 inches (13 cm)
  • Diet

    Diet consists of smaller fishes and crustaceans
  • Range

    Occurs in the Indo-Pacific, from the coast of East Africa, through the Indian Ocean east to the Society Islands in the South Pacific, north to Japan and south to Australia
  • Habitat

    Found on coral and rocky reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • The body is a blurry orange-red, sometimes marked with blotches or bars of white along the dorsal edge. The pectoral fins are wide and sweeping, with alternating light and dark banding. A white vertical stripe runs through the eyes, ending near two distinctive tentacles on either side of the mouth.
  • As the name suggests, two obvious dark spots, ringed in white, mark the dorsal fin, just behind the dorsal spines. These may act as eyespots, and confuse potential predators.
  • Up to 5.1 inches (13 cm) in length.

Animal Fact

Twospot turkeyfish have two obvious dark spots that mark the dorsal fin. These may act as eyespots, and confuse potential predators.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of smaller fishes and crustaceans.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-Pacific, from the coast of East Africa, through the Indian Ocean east to the Society Islands in the South Pacific, north to Japan and south to Australia.
  • Found on coral and rocky reefs, typically at depths to 130 feet (40 m).

Reproduction & Growth

An oviparous, or egg-laying, species.

Conservation Status

  • Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Venomous; poison glands at base of some of its spines.
  • A rare fish, with sightings made even more rare as it is nocturnal and will often hide through the day in caves or even large sponges.

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