Japanese Pinecone Fish
Pineapple under the sea
The Japanese Pinecone is one of four species of pineapple-looking fish under the Monocentridae family. One could say their features resemble those of a pineapple and their physique, that of a pine cone.
In the same family, one other kind of fish similar to the Japanese Pinecone in appearance is the Pineapple fish -- gee, we wonder what it looks like! Also known by its scientific name, Cleidopus gloriamari, the Australian Pineapple fish is the largest in the family, as big as eight inches in total length, according to a 2016 article by Practicalfishkeeping. co.uk.
The Japanese Pinecone fish, just like the Australian Pineapple fish and two other similar kinds of Monocentridae fish, looks awfully like a tiny pineapple swimming under the sea. Its body has a yellow coloring and its scales are outlined in black, giving it the illusion of a pineapple or pine cone. Its body size doesn’t grow over seven inches in total, with most Pinecone fishes usually being only four to five inches in length, as reported by Pascualita Sa-a for Fishbase.de.
Thanks to being the tiniest of the bunch, the Japanese Pinecone fish is more or less the “runt of the litter” in the Monocentridae family.