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Pretty much everything about the venomous lionfish—its red-and-white zebra stripes, long, showy pectoral fins, and generally cantankerous demeanor—says, “Don’t touch!”

The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal.

Lionfish, also called turkey fish, dragon fish and scorpion fish, are native to the reefs and rocky crevices of the Indo-Pacific, although they’ve found their way to warm ocean habitats worldwide.

The largest of lionfish can grow to about 15 inches (0.4 meters) in length, but the average is closer to 1 foot (0.3 meters).


  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagalmost 5 years ago

  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Gene

  • Jing3011
    Jing3011almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful but not cuddly.

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured. Beautiful fish.

  • Terri~Lynn Bealle
    Terri~Lynn Beallealmost 5 years ago

    gorgeous capture of this beautiful fish! Their elegance, patterns, and colors are extraordinaire. Nice contrast and details! Thanks for sharing the description about the Lionfish! ; )

  • laminarwind
    laminarwindalmost 5 years ago


  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture……they are amazing fish but I wouldnt get too close : ))

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    NatureGreeting...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot :)

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture !

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago


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