Red Lionfish

(Pterois volitans)

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Pirates Passage
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


Indian and Southwest Pacific Oceans coral reefs


Size: 12-15 inches

Weight: Up to 2.6 lbs.

Lifespan: 10-15 years


Small fish, crustaceans, and other aquatic invertebrates.

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Learn about how Red Lionfish are invasive species

The Red lionfish, also known as the turkey fish or fire fish, is known for its venomous dorsal spines capable of producing painful, though rarely fatal, puncture wounds. Red lionfish have large pectoral fins and bold zebra-like stripes with red, brown, and white coloring. When threatened, the fish will display their fins as an intimidation tactic and, if further threatened, will attack predators with those dorsal spines. The red lionfish is native to South Pacific reef ecosystems and is highly invasive along Florida coasts as it is a very successful predator.

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