Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet”.
Since our family has a general love and appreciation for all the animals the Lord has created…I am going to attempt to “Blog through the Alphabet” using animals. Here is what we have done so far:
A for Alpaca B for Bearded Dragon C for Crocodile D for Donkey E for Elephant Shrew F for Fennec Fox G for Grey Mouse Lemur H for Howler Monkey I for Indian Palm Squirrel J is for Jellyfish K is for Koala
And now…L is for Lionfish…
Scientific Name: Pterois volitans (red lionfish) and Pterois miles(devil firefish).
Lionfish have distinctive brown or maroon, and white stripes or bands covering the head and body. They have fleshy tentacles above their eyes and below the mouth; fan-like pectoral fins; long, separated dorsal spines; 13 dorsal spines; 10-11 dorsal soft rays; 3 anal spines; and 6-7 anal soft rays. An adult lionfish can grow as large as 18 inches, while juveniles may be as small as 1 inch or less.
This fish has several other names it is known as: turkeyfish, tigerfish, dragonfish, scorpionfish, and butterfly cod.
General description of a lionfish…red-and-white zebra stripes, long, showy pectoral fins, and generally cantankerous demeanor.
The spines of this species deliver a venomoussting that can last for days and cause extreme pain, sweating, respiratory distress, and even paralysis. It is POISONOUS! but is rarely fatal to a human.
It is found in the warmer waters of the western and central Pacific Ocean. It will normally be found near rocky crevices and coral reefs where there are lots of smaller fish for it to eat and also places for it to hide.
They live in VERY SMALL groups normally consisting of one male and a few females that he mates with.
The female lionfish releases between 2,000 and 15,000 eggs into the water!
Baby lionfish are called “fry”.
The average size is about ONE FOOT – that’s a pretty big fish!
Average life span in the wild is 16 years.
The Lionfish is a very popular tank fish…needing a lot of space and few other fish with it.
VERY INTERESTING! The Lionfish is also an invasive species, originally from the Indian and Western Pacific oceans. It was brought into Florida as an aquarium fish, and after a hurricane broke some of the aquariums containing the fish, they started to appear around the lower coast of Florida. They have now spread all the way up to Long Island, New York.
I hope you have learned some fun things about the Lionfish! Come back next week to see what interesting animal we discuss for M!
Here’s praying we all have fun learning!