What is The Lion Fish?

” Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific. Also alled zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish or butterfly-cod, it is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fin rays. Pterois radiataPterois volitans, and Pterois miles are the most commonly studied species in the genus. Pterois species are popular aquarium fish. P. volitans and P. miles are a recent and significant invasive species in the western Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.

There are currently 12 recognized species in this genus:

  • Pterois Andover G. R. Allen & Erdmann, 2008 (Andover lionfish)
  • Pterois antennata (Bloch, 1787) (Spot-fin lionfish)
  • Pterois brevipectoralis (Mandritsa, 2002)
  • Pterois cincta Rüppell, 1838 (Red Sea lionfish)
  • Pterois lunulata Temminck & Schlegel, 1843 (Luna lionfish)
  • Pterois miles (J. W. Bennett, 1828) (Devil firefish)
  • Pterois mombasae (J. L. B. Smith, 1957) (Frill-fin turkeyfish)
  • Pterois paucispinula Matsunuma & Motomura, 2014
  • Pterois radiata G. Cuvier, 1829 (Clear-fin lionfish)
  • Pterois russelii E. T. Bennett, 1831 (Soldier lionfish)
  • Pterois sphex D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1903 (Hawaiian turkeyfish)
  • Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) (Red lionfish)” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterois