July 5, 2016

Red Lionfish

Red Lionfish

The red lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a venomous coral reef fish in the family Scorpaenidae, order Scorpaeniformes. P. volitans is natively found in the Indo-Pacific region, but has become an invasive problem in the Caribbean Sea, as well as along the East Coast of the United States. This and a similar species, Pterois miles, have both been deemed as invasive species. Red lionfish are clad in white stripes alternated with red/maroon/brown stripes. Adults in this species can grow as large as 47 cm (18.5 in) in length, making it one of the largest species of lionfish in the ocean, while juveniles are typically shorter than 1 inch (2.5 cm). The average red lionfish lives around 10 years. As with many species within the Scopaenidae family, it has large, venomous spines that protrude from the body, similar to a mane, giving it the common name lionfish. The venomous spines make the fish inedible or deter most potential predators. Lionfish reproduce monthly and are able to quickly disperse during their larval stage for expansion of their invasive region. No definitive predators of the lionfish are known, and many organizations are promoting the harvest and consumption of lionfish in efforts to prevent further increases in the already high population densities.

Image Credit: Jens Petersen
Explanation from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_lionfish

3 comments:

  1. I would be interested in knowing wether you could eat lion fish because of the nerotoxic poison. The poison is in the spines but there would be an organ producing the poison. I would think there would also be poison in it system so it didn't poison itself with it own poison. So can you eat it without be effected by the poison?

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  2. Never seen anything like it.

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