Common Lionfish

Theme area:  Tropical aquariums
Scientific name:  Pterois volitans
Class:  Chordates
Order:   Vertebrates
Suborder:   Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)
Family:   Ginglymostomatidae
Subfamily:   Ginglymostoma
Continent:
,  Asia
,  Oceania
,  Africa
,  Europe
Habitat:  Oceans and seas
Diet:  Omnivore
Weight:  NC
Size:  40 cm
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This flying scorpion fish is native to the western Pacific Ocean, but is spreading to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

INTERESTING FACTS

It feeds mainly on small fish and crustaceans, which it hunts mainly at night. These fish have a generalist diet, which partly explains their invasive success (they are now found in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and throughout Africa).

Conservation status (assessed by IUCN)
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

DID YOU KNOW ?

This fish is very venomous, its bite is very painful and in rare cases even fatal, which probably explains why it has so few predators.

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