Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Biology: 5 Reef Animals

3. Lionfish

Face view

  • Family: Scorpaenidae or Scorpionfish.
  • They are also called called turkey fish, dragon fish and scorpion fish.
  • The Lionfish is any of several species of venomous marine fish in the genera Pterois, Parapterois, Brachypterois, Ebosia or Dendrochirus.
  • The lionfish is native to the tropical Indo-Pacific region of the world, but various species can be found worldwide.
  • The largest of lionfish can grow to about 15 inches (0.4 meters) in length, but the average is closer to 1 foot (0.3 meters).
  • The lionfish is one of the most venomous fish in the ocean bottom floor.
  • The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins.
  • The spines are used only for defense, not for hunting or killing prey.
  • The venom can cause nausea and breathing problems rarely is fatal (causes death).
  • The lionfish is eaten in some countries, but is more common as an aquarium fish.
  • Their population numbers are healthy and their distribution is growing, causing some concerned in the United States, where some feel the success of this non-indigenous species presents human and environmental dangers.
National Geographic



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