Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Actinoperygii 
                        Family : Scorpaenidae
         Scientific Name : Pterois volitans

                        Size(L) : 30cm - 35cm 
                                       (12in - 14in)
                Water Type : Salt
   Optimum pH Level : 8.1 - 8.4
                    Life Span : 10 - 18 years

                         Colour : Red, White, Black, 
                                         Brown, Orange
                    Skin Type : Scales
   Distinctive Features : Striped body 
                                         markings with long 
                                         spines
  1. Lionfish are poisonous fish found in western and central Pacific Ocean.
  2. They are also known as turkeyfish, scorpionfish, dragonfish, tigerfish and butterfly cod.
  3. They are venomous fish, preying on smaller fish, though their venom could be fatal to bigger creatures too.
  4. They inhabit the warmer waters along the coasts, rocky crevices and coral reefs.
  5. They are spiky fish and are quite popular as aquarium fish around the world.
  6. They need to be kept in a large tank with a lot of space.
  7. There are around 8 species of lionfish inhabiting the Pacific Ocean.
  8. They prey on smaller fish by cornering them with their large fins and swallowing them whole.
  9. They are carnivores feeding on crustaceans and small fish.
  10. Their natural predators are large fish and eels.
  11. They use their spikes which contain venom and also give them an intimidating appearance, to defend themselves.
  12. They are solitary animals coming together only to mate.
  13. The male lionfish are extremely territorial and are known to fiercely protect their territories.
  14. They are very invasive as a species and are spread out through a vast range now.
  15. The female lionfish lays around 2000-15000 eggs which are fertilized by the male lionfish.
  16. The fertilized eggs float up to the water surface and hatch within 2 days.
  17. The lionfish fry that hatch out stay on the surface till they grow to be an inch long and then go deeper into the sea.

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