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Lionfish

Lionfish About Lionfish :
Lionfish is scientifically known as Pterois volitans. Pterois is a species of poisonous aquatic fish found mostly in the Indo-Pacific. They have a couple of fan-shaped pectoral fins and a spiky dorsal fin. These fins give the fish the look of a lion's mane, which makes "lionfish" their general name. The shape and coloring of its body give it brilliant camouflage. Lionfish has numerous poisonous dorsal spines, which give an important protection against predator fish. For humans, this poison is said to be hurting but it is not deadly. The body of the majority of lionfish is dominated by the color maroon, or even brown, with white lines all along the body and fins. The poisonous lionfish is red and white with zebra stripes, lengthy, showy pectoral fins, and usually cantankerous demeanor.

Physical features :
The poison of the lionfish, delivered via a range of up to 20 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely self-protective. It relies on camouflage and lightning quick reflexes to confine prey, mostly fish and brine shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is tremendously painful to humans and can cause nausea and inhalation difficulties, but is rarely deadly. The biggest of lionfish can grow to about 16 inches in length, but the standard length is closer to 2 foot.

Habitat :
Lionfish, also known as turkey fish, dragon fish or scorpion fish. They are inhabitant to the reefs and stony crevices of the Indo-Pacific, though they have been found their way to warm ocean habitats universal. Lionfish are famous in some parts of the world as food, but are far more valued in the aquarium deal. Their population numbers are healthy and their supply is growing,

Diet :
Small marine fishes, shrimps and crabs, plankton

Predators :
Some fishes may attempt to eat them, but lion fishes have poisonous spines, which protect them from most predators.

Relatives :
Lion fishes fit in to the scorpion fish family, which consists of the most poisonous fishes in the oceans.

Dwarf Lionfish :
Dwarf lionfish is scientifically known as Dendrochirus brachypterus. It is also known by different names in English, including Dwarf Lionfish, Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish, Shortfin Lionfish, Shortfin Turkeyfish, Shortspined, Shortfin Firefish, Zebra Firefish,

Physical Features :
The largest exactly measured Dwarf Lionfish was 18 cm. The body coloration varies from red to brown. The body is decked with fuzzy broad bars and the mid-dorsal spines are smaller than the intensity of the body. The pectoral fins are big and feature different spotted bands. In most specimens, a small tentacle is present over the eye and there can be more or less well-grown leafy appendages on the head and on the tangential line. This fish has poisonous spines.

Dwarf Zebra lionfish :
This fish is generally classified as violent but this is not true in the traditional sense. It will not go around attacking other fishes but it may eat everything that can fit in its mouth. They get along very well with other dwarves. They also get along well with scorpion fish. They prefer to rest on and swim through the rocks.

Quick Facts about Dwarf Zebra lionfish :

  • Common Name: Dwarf Zebra lionfish.
  • Scientific Name: - Dendrochirus zebra.
  • Adult size: 7" inch.
  • Range: Indo-pacific region.
  • Minimum Aquarium Size: 35 gallons.