I love Lionfish. We were really lucky to see one swimming next to Gratis when we were visiting the island of Rodrigues.
Can grow up to
Fish, crustaceans (like shrimp), and molluscs
38cm in length
moray eels, tiger groupers, blue-spotted cornet fish and some sharks
It’s beautiful colourful patterns are used for camouflage.
The fish has a swim bladder that fills with air and helps the fish to float.
The Common Lionfish lives in tropical warm waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In Australia, it is found in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
The Lionfish has 13 Poisonous spines that it uses to protect itself.
If people touch the spines they can have vomiting, dizziness, difficulty breathing and a high temperature. Putting something freezing cold or very hot over the sting will help stop the poison’s effect.
‘Pterois’ means ‘feathered or winged’.
Volitans means ‘flying’.
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