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Common lionfish

Scientific name: Pterois volitans / Pterois miles

Size: Up to 15 inches

Color: Red to dark brown and white

Distinguishing feature: Massive body with white and brown vertical stripes. Thorns of the dorsal and long pectoralales have a veil over the entire length.

Where did we see it: Zanzibar, French polynesia, Mayotte, Maldives

Common lionfish of Maldives

Common lionfish

Scientific name: Pterois volitans / Pterois miles

Size: Up to 15 inches

Color: Red to dark brown and white

Distinguishing feature: Massive body with white and brown vertical stripes. Thorns of the dorsal and long pectoralales have a veil over the entire length.

Where did we see it: Zanzibar, French polynesia, Mayotte, Maldives

In detail

Juvenile has a very dark color drawing towards the black and very long pectoral spines.

The Pacific and Indian Ocean species can't be distinguished with the eye only.

Venom glands are integrated into the spines of scorpion fish. This venom causes severe pain and can be fatal. That's why this species does not really have any predators (except trumpetfish and moray eels).

This species was introduced to the Caribbean in 1992 following the destruction of an aquarium by Hurricane Andrew. The first observations were made in 1994 and its extension has been very important since then.

Our pictures of common lionfish

The different species of Lionfish we have seen

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