Lionfish

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A young lionfish in the Red Sea near Dahab
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A young lionfish in the Red Sea near Dahab

A lionfish is any of several species of venomous marine fish in the genera Pterois or Dendrochirus, family Scorpaenidae. The lionfish is native to the tropical Indo-Pacific region of the world. They are notable for their extremely long and separated spines, and have a generally striped appearance, red, brown, or black on white. While they are available for home aquaria, the venom of the spines is extremely painful, and lionfish are only recommended for the careful aquarist. They are a very hardy and disease resistant fish, making them a good choice for beginner aquarists. As recent as 2003, they have also been spotted in the warmer coral regions of the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.


Species called "lionfish":

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Antennata Lionfish (Pterois antennata)

Species with "lionfish" in the name:

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