Lionfish Information & Care

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Fish Type Species needing experienced care and large tanks
Fish Family Scorpaenidae
Common Name Lionfish
Scientific Name Pterois or Dendrochirus,
Description

The scorpionfishes or rockfishes are a family (Scorpaenidae) of mostly marine fish that includes many of the world's most venomous species. The family is a large one, with hundreds of members. They are widespread in tropical and temperate seas, but mostly found in the Indo-Pacific area.

Some types, such as the lionfish, are attractive as well as dangerous, and highly desired for aquaria.

General characteristics of family members include a compressed body, ridges and/or spines on the head, one or two spines on the opercle, and three to five spines on the preopercle. The dorsal fin will have 11-17 spines, often long and separated from each other, and the pectoral fins will be well-developed, with 11-25 rays. The spines of the dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins all have venom glands at their bases.

Most species are bottom-dwellers that feed on crustaceans and smaller fishes, in some cases using the spines to paralyze their victims before gulping them.

Scorpaenid systematics are complicated and unsettled.

From wikipedia.org

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Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

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Fish Name Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish
Scientific Name Dendrochirus Brachypterus
Description: My Dwarf Lionfish eating a shrimp. *R.I.P.*

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

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Fish Name Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish
Scientific Name Dendrochirus Brachypterus
Description: Yellow banded pipe

Volitan Lionfish

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Fish Name Volitan Lionfish
Scientific Name Pterois Volitans
Description: Volitans Lionfish

Dwarf/Zebra Lionfish

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Fish Name Dwarf/Zebra Lionfish
Scientific Name Dendrochirus Zebra
Description: Sideshot

Volitan Lionfish

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Fish Name Volitan Lionfish
Scientific Name Pterois Volitans
Description: 8" Devil Lionfish I caught.