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Monday, June 27, 2016

Lionfish


Photo Credit: Alex Vasenin
With its vivid coloration and poisonous spines, this scorpionfish species effectively deters predators and, consequently, can swim freely without fear of attack.

Its beautiful fins conceal an array of poisonous spines capable of inflicting severe pain. Like many scorpionfish, it does not have many predators, since few animals will dare to attack it.

The lionfish lives in shallow water among the rocks and coral reefs of warm and temperate seas.

Its feather-like fins and bristling spines are not merely decorative but, rather, serve as camouflage that helps protect the fish among the seaweed and coral on the seabed. The lionfish spends most of its time lurking or resting among the rocks on the bottom of the seabed. It is rarely detected unless it moves. This behavior is typical of most scorpionfish.

The lionfish eats any fish and crustaceans it can catch.

Did you know?
  • Lionfish are found in the South Pacific Ocean. 
  • Lionfish have been known to be aggressive toward humans. 
  • Female lionfish lay several thousand eggs. The eggs hatch in a few days and the babies, called fry, live near the surface until they are big enough to swim down to the reef area.

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