Leaf Scorpionfish

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Taenianotus triacanthus - Lacépède, 1802
Leaf Scorpionfish

This colorful species resembles a leaf and mimics plant debris by rocking back and forth. Scott W. Michael


This lovely scorpionfish comes in many colors, including pink, maroon, yellow, and white. It is a great scorpionfish for the reef aquarium as it tends to spend time in the open.

Family: Scorpaenidae

Other common name(s):

  • Leaffish
  • Paperfish
  • Sailfin Leaffish
  • Threespine Scorpionfish

Native range:

Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 57 L (15 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)


Meaty foods, including frozen seafood. May require live ghost shrimp or gut-packed livebearers (mollies, guppies) to initiate a feeding response. The best way to feed this fish in a reef tank is to train it to “jump” onto the edge of a net that contains its food.

Aquarium Compatibility

It will do best if not housed with overly aggressive food competitors (a species-dedicated nano-reef would make a wonderful home for this fish). They are not overly aggressive toward each other or toward other fish species, but they may spar with each other.


With its laterally compressed body and high dorsal fin it resembles a leaf or macroalgae frond. It also mimics bits of plant debris by rocking back and forth or swaying from side to side.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM