Triacanthus biaculeatus (Bloch, 1786)
Short-nosed tripodfish
photo by Iranian Fisheries Research Organization (IFRO)

Family:  Triacanthidae (Triplespines)
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 60 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf eastward through Bay of Bengal to eastern Australia, northward to southern Japan and China.
Diagnosis:  Spiny dorsal-fin membrane very dark between first and third spines, and usually equally dark between third and fifth spines. Outline of head from base of first dorsal-fin spine to above eye an even slightly convex curve or almost a straight line (Ref 9804).
Biology:  Inhabits sandy or muddy flat in coastal and estuarine waters. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Sold fresh in markets. Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.07.91
Modified by: Cruz, Tess - 11.04.96
Checked by: Matsuura, Keiichi - 02.10.95

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