Scientific name Zeugopterus punctatus
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1787
IUCN category LC
Family Scophthalmidae
Genus Zeugopterus
Zeugopterus punctatus Zeugopterus punctatus


Zeugopterus punctatus, commonly known as topknot, is a salt water fish from the Eastern Cold Atlantic Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the topknot ?

The topknot measures between 20 and 25 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly marron, beige and gris body. The also has noir tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Chromatophores are pigment cells that reflect light in the integument of some animals. They are mostly responsible for the color of the skin and eyes of cold-blooded animals and are created by the neural crest during embryonic development.

The topknot is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the topknot is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The topknot is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    9 - 13 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 40 m

Biotope presentation

The topknot is most often found at a depth between 1m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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